Common Cold: 3 Tips to Avoid It
By Virginia Laird
Some states are already beginning to prepare for the arrival of the cold and flu season. Although there is little that can be done to avoid these germs from coming into your home, there are plenty of tips provided by healthcare professionals that you can do to reduce the chances of bringing the cold (or flu) home to your family. Some of these tips include:
- Wash your hands routinely
- Clean the surfaces of your home often
- Carry sanitizer everywhere
Wash Your Hands Routinely
Research suggests that routine handwashing plays a huge role in keeping you healthy. Health and wellness experts suggest that if you are washing your hands seven times each day, it may not be enough. Healthcare providers are reminding patients across the nation that washing after each restroom visit, before and after handling food, and after coming into contact with other people is the minimum.
Clean the Surfaces of Your Home Often
Keeping a clean home can be a daunting chore, one that can be overwhelming and endless. Health and wellness experts advise that it is best to keep the surfaces of your home clean. This includes kitchen and bathroom cabinets, tables, and doorknobs, among others. With the traffic that comes through your home, a host of germs may accompany each guest. Research suggests that the best way to prevent the sharing of these germs is to clean the surfaces of the home as your door revolves with the company.
Carry Sanitizer Everywhere
When there is no sink available to thoroughly wash your hands, research suggests that sanitizing is the next best thing. For this reason, it is best to carry sanitizer with you at all times. Health and wellness experts suggest that most find themselves in situations (daily) that should require sanitizing. Consider adding sanitizer to your bag so that it is easy to use after coming into contact with others (especially during flu season), touching grocery baskets, and a host of other situations. Keeping sanitizer with you at all time (and using it) can be the ticket to keeping you and your family healthy this cold and flu season.
Now is the time to begin taking the necessary precautions to help keep your home and family free of the cold this season.
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