Cold and flu season is one of the scariest times of the year. It feels like there is this always a constant threat of germs, attacking you from all angles. No one wants to have to deal with the runny noses and sore throats that come with a cold. Even worse is the nausea, aches, and impossible exhaustion that comes with the flu. But there are a few ways that you can avoid it.
Sure, the flu shot exists, but nothing can protect you from that evil common cold. It feels like it's always lurking around the corner, just waiting for you to slip up. So here are the three most important things you can do to stay healthy and happy this cold and flu season, all of which are simple enough that everyone should be doing them.
1. Wash your hands and sanitize surfaces
Washing your hands may seem like a no-brainer, but sometimes people don't realize just how important it is. If you touch your face, even just to scratch an itch, your hands are picking up the germs you may have and then when you touch a door handle or stair railing you are potentially giving that virus to someone else. Alternately, someone else could be sick and when you touch your face you are putting those germs right up close so they can get into your system.
Obviously, you can't be washing your hands 24 hours a day, but if everyone was more cautious about washing their hands after blowing their nose or coughing, then we wouldn't have to worry so much. If you are out and about, touching things that you know strangers have had a lot of contact with, it's best to wash your handles thoroughly for 20 seconds with soap to make sure all the germs are gone before you eat or do anything that requires contact with your face.
You can't be on-guard all the time, but just keep your household sanitized, especially when someone is sick in the home, to prevent others from getting the illness as well.