Johnnny Obama
Johnnny Obama voted up Bikergirl Anonymous' answer

Holiday times are notorious for spreading germs due to close contact like hugs and kisses, or even shaking hands.

.. and I believe there is now claims that holidays are cause for higher than average illnesses due to increased sugar intake thanks to all the goodies people eat around that time

Johnnny Obama
Johnnny Obama voted up Pepper pot's answer

Massive crowds of people indoors in close proximity, creating an environment where germs stick to surfaces.  Vitamin D, which helps build the immune system, may be lower due to less sunlight. The laws of thermodynamics, means cold air can carry less water vapour before it reaches the “dew point” and falls as rain. So while … Read more

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Johnnny Obama voted up Ray Dart's answer

A conventional battery can be used time and again to do that.

On a survival course many years ago, on Romney Marsh. We were given a old torch battery and some wire wool  and expected to start a fire. It worked, along with some burned fingers.

I guess you are more likely to be carrying tinfoil … Read more