Now that the kids are back in school and the weather is starting to change, it’s time to start worrying about the cold and flu season. But this year your worrying can be less if you take the following dos and don’ts into consideration and protect your family and yourself.
Do use hand sanitizer. Always carry a pocket-size hand sanitizer with you and use it generously whenever you are in public places. Germs are everywhere and on everything and by using hand sanitizer you are protecting yourself from bringing home these flu viruses.
Do wash your hands frequently. It may seem like the simplest thing to do but be sure that you are washing your hands frequently with warm water and soap, and for at least 15 to 20 seconds. Teachers are now telling students to sing the ABC’s or Happy Birthday to themselves while they are washing their hands to be sure you are washing for a full 15 to 20 seconds.
Do sneeze into the crook of your elbow. By sneezing into your elbow, you are avoiding transmitting flu viruses to your hands and will keep you from passing the virus to others. It may seem socially awkward at first, but soon you will see more and more people doing this when they sneeze.
Don’t shake hands. To keep from transmitting germs, avoid shaking hands with people when you greet them. Try a head nod, waving or smiling instead to greet someone. If you can’t avoid shaking someone’s hand, then be sure to use your hand sanitizer following the hand shake.
Don’t use someone else’s phone or computer mouse. Phones and computers harbor some pretty heinous germs for hours. Avoid sharing someone else’s phone or computer mouse if possible. If you do have to use someone else’s phone or computer wipe it down with an alcohol swab prior to using it.