Okay, so it’s that time of year again, everyone is catching a cold and you know how it goes…once one person has it in your family or office, then everyone gets it.  Here are a few tips on how to prevent the spread of disease.

  • First and foremost, WASH YOUR HANDS!  80% of diseases can be spread by touch, therefore washing your  hands can tremendously reduce risk for catching or transmitting a cold.
  • Keeping a healthy immune system will help too.  Try eating healthy, proteins such as lean meats or beans.  Also include antioxidant rich vegetables in your diet.  This will help prevent you getting sick in the first place and will help you fight better when you are sick.
  • Avoid touching your nose and eyes.  There are germs everywhere and getting them in your nose and eyes is a good way to get yourself sick.

Now, if you do get sick, here are some tips to get better faster.

  • If you can, skip work or school.  Containing the cold is a great way to prevent the spread, plus, resting will help you get better faster!
  • Once you feel those symptoms, start drinking fluids.  Staying hydrated is really important when your body is fighting some virus or bacteria.
  • Rinsing out  your nasal passages will help as well.  Saline solution or a hot shower can do the trick.
  • Allergy medicine and acetaminophen (aka Tylenol), will help with the runny nose, watery eyes and body aches.
  •  Again, maintain a healthy diet.  Brown rice, lean meat, fibrous vegetables, antioxidants, all of these will help your body in the long run.
  • When you’re feeling a bit better, try to get some exercise.  Nothing too straining, but maybe a light walk.

Disinfecting your surroundings can help reduce the risk as well.

Wipe down:

  • Counters
  • Any and all handles
    • Fridge, microwave, sink, door, etc.
  • Phones, keyboards, computers
  • Light switches
  • Desk supplies
    • Stapler, tape, pens/pencils, etc.

Pretty much anything you could have interacted with should be wiped down.  There are things that need to be cleaned and replaced as well.

Replace:

  • Toothbrush
  • Sheets
  • Towels

You can also keep your home cleaner by addressing your indoor air quality.  Like we mentioned in a previous blog, your HVAC system can circulate allergens, bacteria, viruses, etc., so it’s important to maintain your system and also talk to someone about your indoor air quality.

We hope these few tips will keep you, your family, your coworkers, and everyone else just a little bit healthier this year.

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