Winter is known as flu season because it seems like everyone gets sick during this season. With everyone around you getting sick, it can be difficult to avoid catching the germs yourself. However, there are some steps you can take to greatly reduce the chance you have of getting sick this winter.
Wash Your Hands
The most important thing that you can do to avoid getting sick is to wash your hands. The viruses that cause the flu and colds are spread in many ways, but one of the most common is from your hands to your face. You pick up germs at the grocery store, on the bus, from the bathroom door handle, or any other public places. Then you rub your eyes, eat some food, or touch your nose and those germs can enter your body and get you sick. To stop this, all you have to do is wash your hands!
Wash your hands regularly. It’s a good idea to wash your hands whenever you might have touched something or someone who is infected, even if no one around you is currently showing symptoms. Wash for at least 20 seconds with soap and hot water. Be particularly careful about touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, or preparing or eating food if you haven’t washed your hands in a while.
Boost Your Immune System
Your immune system is your body’s defense against germs. Boosting your immune system can help you to stay healthy even if you are exposed to flu germs. Doing things that are generally considered healthy are also how you boost your immune system.
Make sure that you get enough sleep. Encourage your family to maintain healthy sleep habits as well. Your body rests and repairs itself during sleep, and being tired can wear down your immune system.
Eat a healthy diet. A healthy diet encourages a stronger immune system, which helps to protect you from all sorts of sickness. You don’t need to only drink green smoothies, just be sure to eat a balanced diet and get your veggies in.
Keep yourself hydrated! Not only does water help maintain and strengthen your immune system, but it also helps your body to flush toxins out of your system and keeps you hydrated. Don’t just drink when you’re thirsty, either. Remember when you feel thirsty, that’s a sign that you’re already dehydrated. Plan ahead!
Keep Your Home Clean
Germs aren’t only found on our hands, they enter our home through the air, our clothing, and many other ways. Cleaning your home is a good way to get rid of germs that might be lurking.
Wash your clothes and linens frequently. Anytime you handle dirty laundry, wash your hands thoroughly after. If you have school-aged children, have them change out of their school clothes when they get home, as they are often full of germs. Particularly during cold and flu season, wash your linens, blankets, and bedding frequently to keep them free of viruses and bacteria. Use regular detergent and hot water, and set your dryer to tumble dry on hot as well.
Carpets and rugs trap germs and allergens and prevent them from circulating through your home. However, after a while carpets and rugs get full and start releasing them back into the air. A professional carpet cleaning service like Acme Chem-Dry will give them a deep clean and remove those germs or allergens from your home, keeping it fresh and healthy. Chem-Dry’s Hot Carbonating Extraction process has been tested and proven by a leading independent air quality laboratory to remove an average of 89% of airborne bacteria from the home when combined with a sanitizer.
Prevent the Spread of Germs
If you or one of your family members gets sick, there is still hope in keeping the rest of your family healthy. Do whatever you can to keep from spreading it to others.
Move away from people before coughing or sneezing. Use a tissue if possible, then throw it away immediately. If a tissue isn’t available, use the vampire cough. Hold your upper arm against your mouth and nose, covering them both, as though you’re holding a cape to cover your face, like a vampire from the movies.
Stay on top of disinfecting. Anything you touch frequently, from toys and doorknobs to kitchen surfaces to couches and pillows, should be sprayed and wiped down with a disinfectant.
See a Doctor
For many reasons, people often avoid seeing a doctor when they should. Often, they don’t want to be seen as weak, or they feel like they’re overreacting and don’t want to waste time and money. But a doctor can help you get better and keep from spreading the sickness to others, making it well worth it. Not every sniffle requires you to see a doctor. You should definitely see a doctor if:
- You have a temperature of 100.4 or higher.
- Your symptoms last more than 10 days.
- Your symptoms are severe or unusual.
- You have a child younger than 3 month old who has a fever.
Hopefully, these tips will help you to keep your family healthy during this flu season.