- Wash your hands frequently, preferably with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand sanitizer works, but not as well because it doesn’t physically rinse the germs like soap and warm water.
- Avoid touching your face. Dirty hands that come in contact with the eyes, nose or mouth can quickly spread germs. Not only is the flu common this time of year, but pink eye, sinus infections and cold viruses are as well. These are all spread by hand-to-face contact.
- Avoid contact with sick people. Most times this is easier said than done. When it comes to work, school, daycare, and busy, public places, stay home if possible.
- Keep your environment clean. This includes anywhere you and/or your family spend time. Clean surfaces (kitchen, bath) as well as frequently touched items like cell phones and remote controls. Don’t forget other places like inside the car and your desk at work.
- Don’t neglect your own health. Get plenty of exercise, sleep and eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. Spending too much time cleaning your surroundings will definitely pay off, but it’s important not to forget or underestimate how your own personal health protects against the cold and the flu.
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