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Brits putting family members at risk

15th January 2020
Posted by Aston Avery

After endless get togethers with families and friends over the festive period, many people might be suffering with more than just January blues. New research released today reveals that almost two thirds of Brits admit they would visit family and friends, even if they had an infectious illness.

The research, commissioned by a flu vaccine supplier, found that 19 per cent of Brits would still go to a family or friends’ get together if they were suffering with flu. Over half would go if they had a cold, 16 per cent if they had a high temperature, and 10 per cent if they had diarrhoea.

Over half of Brits admit they “play down” the fact they are poorly to family and friends; the main reason being because they do not want anyone fussing over them. The age group who are most conscious about not worrying their loved ones are those aged 55 and over; 76 per cent of whom do not want to make a fuss. FOMO (fear of missing out) is the reason why 44 per cent do not tell their family members if they are poorly.

Aston spoke to Dr Sarah Jarvis, GP and media doctor to discuss the research in further detail and was also on hand to offer advice.