Cold and flu season is upon us and if you’re like me, you never want to deal with that again. The chills, the sweating, the aches. It’s the worst. So what can we do to protect ourselves?
Unless you live in a cave, you are going to have to be around other people. Plus, a cave sounds cold. A desert island sounds better, but we need our Netflix so probably not a good option either.
Here are some steps we can take to help reduce germs and improve wellness
- Get the flu shot. Although it’s not 100 percent effective, it still offers anywhere between 40 to 60% protection and is recommended to have each flu season. *
- Keep hand hygiene products readily available. Washing your hands is one of the best way to reduce germs as well as keeping plenty of hand sanitizers and disinfecting wipes near all your work areas.
- Disinfect surfaces regularly. Many germs, including influenza, can survive on hard surfaces such as phones and keyboards for up to 24 hours. Make sure to regularly wipe down surfaces or spray with disinfectant spray.
- Drink lots of water. Water flushes toxins from your organs, carries nutrients to your cells, cushions your joints and helps digest food. An average adult should drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.**
- Stay home. If you are sick, stay at home to avoid spreading germs to your co-workers. You should wait at least 24 hours after a fever returns to normal.***