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Avoiding and managing seasonal illness

Dr Richard Budgett, Paul Davies and Dr Rod Jaques give their professional advice

The average adult experiences between one and six bouts of the common cold each year and it is estimated that at any given time one in sixty adults in the UK will be suffering from a cold infection. Influenza, whilst not as common, still affects an estimated 10-15 % of the population annually. The good news for recreationally active athletes is that their incidences of colds and flu seem to be lower than that of the general population. The bad news for the harder training rowers is that their risk of contracting a winter illness seems to be even greater than that of the population at large.

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