3 Good Health Habits That Can Stop the Spread of Cold and Flu
You know how contagious colds and flu viruses are. Just think of the last time someone in your house came home sniffling and sneezing and it went through the entire family. Down for the count. One by one. Like dominos. So, it can take an entire month to rid your house of one cold virus! However, there are ways to prevent the cold and flu from taking out your entire household.
I’m Gonna Wash That Cold Right Off of My Hands
Most of cold and flu viruses are transmitted by touch so one of the most effective ways to prevent colds and flu is to wash your hands often. And we’re not talking a quickie. To really get rid of the bacteria on your hands, you need to scrub for at least 20 seconds, both the front and the back of your hands. After rinsing, use a clean towel to dry them, preferably not the dish towel that you are going to use later on after dinner. You can’t keep the viruses from getting in your house, but you can keep them from spreading like wildfire by making sure everyone gets in the habit of washing their hands.
Colds and flu are also spread from mucus so cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze by using your elbow. This helps from contaminating your hands and spreading the germs to other surfaces. Throw tissues away immediately after you use them. And, if someone in your household is sick, do not share any items like utensils with them. This can cut down on the risk of you getting the virus.
Clean Up, Clean Up, Everybody, Everywhere According to the CDC, cold and flu viruses can live for up to two hours on hard surfaces such as desks, doorknobs, and computers so cleaning surfaces is as important as cleaning your hands. Areas like the bathroom and kitchen should be disinfected often when someone in the house is sick. The toilet, sinks, kitchen counters, and light switches are all places where germs like to hang out. The cleaner you use should protect against different strains of bacteria and germs.
Shot Through the Heart and You’re to Blame
While there is no cure for the flu, you can get a vaccine to reduce your chances of contracting it, or reducing the symptoms if you do get it. You must get the vaccine every year as the previous one does not work for the current flu season. You likely won’t be able to lift your arm the next day as it will be sore, but that is nothing compared to the symptoms of the flu. Anyone ages over 6 months is eligible for a flu shot, so speak with your doctor to find out if the vaccine is a good option for you. Unfortunately, there are no vaccines for the common cold.
Practicing good hygiene is the best way to avoid getting sick with the cold or flu. You can prevent getting these illnesses by taking care of yourself and if you do start to feel symptoms, treat them immediately. Cold-Fix is one way to boost your immunity during cold and flu season, and take care of symptoms if you do get them.