The 5 Infection ‘Bugs’ This Winter To Avoid

Here are the five main infections at large this winter.


The respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) causes cold-like symptoms and can lead to a nasty chest infection called bronchiolitis. It is most common in young children and the elderly, and has recently been on the rise.


Flu is spread through coughing and sneezing and causes cold-like symptoms. Using disposable tissues, washing your hands regularly, wiping down surfaces with antiseptic wipes and coughing into your elbow if possible can help you avoid catching the virus.

COVID (Variants Such as Omicrom BA-5)

The current dominant Covid variant Omicron BA5 in the UK is much less severe than the original variant. It causes a dry cough and sore throat as well as cold-like symptoms.

Common Cold

A cold can be a nuisance but doesn’t lead to more serious problems. You can take paracetamol or home remedies to manage the symptoms of a cold, but nature will take its course.

Strep A

Strep A is caused by a group of bacteria called Group A Streptococci bacteria, and can cause mild infections such as impetigo, scarlet fever and strep throat. It can become serious if the bacteria is invasive, and can be treated with antibiotics, most commonly penicillin.

Parents are worried about the spread of Strep A, but in the vast majority of cases it causes mild illness. Look out for spots or redness on your child’s tongue.

Practise hand and surface hygiene

Maintaining careful hand-washing habits will reduce our risk of contracting bugs from surfaces, such as taps and kitchen counters.