Firstly, I encourage anyone who is sick to stay at home to reduce the spread of the virus. A few days in bed, resting and staying hydrated helps the body fight a virus as well as decrease the duration of symptoms. It is important to stay well hydrated with hot drinks but avoid using sugary drinks and liquid dairy.
A good cup of hot water with fresh ginger with a clove or two of garlic and bit of honey is often well tolerated. Bone broths are also great to use at this time as well as vegetable soups.
Studies have shown that high dose zinc at the beginning of a cold can help reduce or prevent the onset of symptoms.
Prevention - Should Be Our Primary Goal Limiting Stress of any kind (over work, poor sleep, emotional unrest, fatigue, depression or other driving factors). Malnourishment is unfortunately a big problem in our general society today. I see so many women who are iron and protein deficient due to dietary restrictions.
We need stamina as well as good body stores of iron to fight off viral infections. Know your area of weakness - everyone has an area of weakness that they will notice before they get sick. For some, it may be a sore throat, for others it may be digestive issues and others, muscle stiffness.
By supporting your area of weakness you will be help enhance your body's first line of defence. Support your throat with regular gargles, aid digestion with herbal bitters or probiotics and have regular massages to help with muscle fatigue and tightness.