This cold and flu season, making simple, smart choices can be the difference between getting sick and staying healthy. Here’s what you can do to help prevent catching a cold or the flu this year:
- Wash your hands. Washing your hands is one easiest ways to keep yourself healthy. Using warm water and soap, thoroughly scrub both sides of your hands, between your fingers and underneath your nails. Wash your hands after using the restroom, before you eat, and after sneezing or coughing. It’s a good idea to carry personal antibacterial soap for times when you can’t get to a sink.
- Keep your distance. If you’re feeling unwell, avoid close contact with others. It’s better to stay home than risk exposing others to your germs.
- Don’t sneeze or cough into your hands. If you can’t cough or sneeze into a tissue, do so into your arm.
- Eat a healthy diet. Keep your body energized with good, healthy and nutritious food.
- Stay active. Don’t underestimate the importance of regular exercise.
- Catch your Z’s. Eight hours is the recommended night’s sleep, so if you can manage that, great. If not, sleep as much as you can and don’t underestimate its importance.
- Consider getting a flu shot. Getting the flu shot is a personal choice, but health authorities like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend a yearly vaccination.
Ultimately avoiding the cold and flu comes down to taking care of your body. Eat well, exercise regularly and get some sleep. If you don’t feel well, stay home. Wash your hands and be mindful of others when you’re sneezing and coughing. Don’t overextend yourself if you’re feeling rundown, and consider the flu shot for extra protection.