Fozz Foster joins the fight against antibiotic resistance


Fozz Foster - NPS MedicineWise antibiotic resistance

SBS Australia’s chief football analyst, Craig ‘Fozz’ Foster, has joined the fight against antibiotic resistance by rounding up the best sneeze action this cold and flu season.

Providing expert opinion and unrivalled insight in a new video for NPS MedicineWise, the Fozz gives a play by play on the best sneeze practice to encourage good hygiene and prevent the spread of colds and flu.

“It was fun to be involved with a project that carries such an important health message,” says Fozzy.

“People don’t always realise that their personal actions have a larger impact. By getting involved, I’ve now learnt that antibiotic resistance is everyone’s problem and practising good hygiene is part of the solution.”

With the cold and flu season well underway, NPS MedicineWise clinical adviser Dr Jeannie Yoo says it’s important for Australians to take personal action to prevent the spread of colds to others.

“It’s a critical time of year to practise good hygiene and know how to prevent the spread of flu and other infections,” says Dr Yoo.

“This can be as simple as covering your mouth when you sneeze or cough, preferably with a tissue or the inside of your elbow, rather than your hand.

“When you are unwell, it’s also important to regularly wash your hands with soap and running water to clean off any infected droplets or germs and keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth to avoid transferring the infection.

“Along with good hygiene, it’s also important to manage your cold or flu by resting, drinking non-alcoholic fluids and taking medicines to relieve symptoms like pain, fever or congestion, if necessary. And remember that antibiotics won’t work for viral infections like cold and flu.

“We’re so pleased that Craig Foster has come on board with NPS MedicineWise to help us kick our goals with regards to antibiotic resistance,” says Dr Yoo.

The new sneezing commentary video complements the sneezing billboards located in Sydney and Melbourne this winter.

More information about simple things consumers can do to avoid catching colds and flu is available here.

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