The Top Tips for Cold and Flu Season
It’s getting close to that time of year! Prepare yourself for cold and flu season with our top tips. There are multiple steps you can take to stay healthy while people around you fall victim to sickness. You have the ability to defend yourself from germs this winter by keeping your home clean, avoiding germs, and strengthening your body.
Keep Your Family Safe and Healthy
The viruses that cause colds and flu can spread in several ways. They can live on your hands and be spread through the air. It’s extremely important to take some cautionary steps to protect yourself and your family.
Do your best to avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth if you haven’t washed your hands in a while.
Wash your hands often. It’s always a good idea to wash your hands if you have touched something or someone who is infected. Don’t forget to wash for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water.
If you are in a situation where no soap or hot water is available, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer will work for the time-being but wash your hands normally as soon as you can.
Remember to do your best to eat a healthy diet. Eating healthier encourages a stronger immune system, which helps to protect you from all kinds of illnesses. If you have a family to feed, make sure you are providing a balanced, nutrient-rich diet to keep them healthy throughout the entire year.
Is it “feed a fever; starve a cold” or is that backward? If you’ve heard this saying but can’t remember which way it goes, you’re not alone! The best answer? It doesn’t matter. You should eat a nutrient-rich diet in both situations. Those nutrients will help your body to fight infections.
Do not forget to stay hydrated! Water not only helps maintain and strengthen your immune system, but it helps your body to rid toxins as well. Don’t just drink when you’re thirsty, either. Remember when you are feeling thirsty, that’s a sign that you’re already dehydrated. Stay ahead of the game!
Prevent Germs From Spreading
If you or a family member does get sick, make sure you do whatever you can to keep it from spreading. The best way to do that is to not expose people in the first place. If you get sick, stay home!
Create space for people before sneezing or coughing. Always use a tissue if possible and throw it away immediately. If no tissue is available, use the vampire method. Hold your upper arm against your mouth and nose, covering them both as if you were holding a cape to cover your face.
Disinfect regularly. Disinfect anything you touch frequently. This could be anything from toys and doorknobs to kitchen surfaces to couches and pillows.
Seeing a Doctor
Do not be a hero, see a doctor! Many people try to convince themselves and others that they’re fine when they are actually not. People don’t want to be seen as weak or like they are overreacting. However, a doctor can help you get better quicker and keep the germs from spreading sickness to others.
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.