Keep These Things Clean to Stay Healthy
If it seems like many people you know are knocked down with the cold or flu, you’re not imagining it. The cold and flu season is particularly rough this year, but paying attention to a few things can go a long way to keeping you healthy.
- Wash your hands. This is the big one. Viruses get into your system through the eyes, nose, and mouth. One unconscious rub of your eyes can get you sick.
- Cover your mouth. It’s a good idea to keep some tissue handy. When you sneeze, be sure to use a tissue or handkerchief. Then wash your hands.
- Hand sanitizer. If you walk past a bottle of hand sanitizer or an automatic dispenser in a public place, make it a habit to use it.
- Watch the big offenders. Phones, remote controls, doorknobs, menus at restaurants, shared computers. Those are just a few of the places that are commonly touched by multiple people. Keep them clean and wash your hands after using them (the hand washing thing is a big deal).
- Disinfect often. Make it a point to use a disinfectant cleaner on common areas.
You don’t have to be paranoid about touching anything, but keep in mind that if somebody was there before you, you are sharing their germs. A little extra care goes a long way, and the steps you take now can keep you and people around you healthy.