Well, it’s here. Cold, flu, and virus season has arrived. On top of your normal illnesses, coronavirus has started to become a concern across the globe. You can’t stay inside for the next few months, so how do you keep yourself and your family healthy?

Wash your hands – a lot. If you shake someone’s hand, wash your hands. In fact, wash your hands as much as possible to keep germs from spreading. It seems funny to watch, but many people refuse to touch door knobs in the office or in public. It is one way to safeguard against germs. Another is simply washing your hands and cleaning up common areas in the home and office.

Use hand sanitizers and sanitizing wipes. If illness hits your home, avoid spreading germs to others by using sanitizing wipes. Wipes work well to contain germs.  People debate how effective hand sanitizers are. Hand sanitizers are certainly not as effective as hand washing, but they are helpful. Experts say that you should buy hand sanitizers that contain at least 60 percent alcohol.  

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Avoid touching your face. Germs enter your body through the nose and mouth. During cold and flu season, avoid touching your face as much as possible.  Some people resort to wearing masks out in public. If your health is seriously compromised, masks can be a good option.

Get enough sleep. One way to keep your body healthy is to make sure your body gets recharged with enough sleep – every day. Lack of sleep lowers your immune system.

Eat healthy and exercise. Boost your immune system by eating a better diet and staying active. It’s so easy to hibernate when the weather gets cold, however exercising boosts your mood and immunity.

Avoid sick people. I know it sounds funny. But if you know someone is sick, avoid outings and visits with them until they are feeling better. If you are the one who is sick, stay home. It’s tough to stay home from work or school. Work tends to pile up when you are out, but overall, the only way to keep others from getting sick is keeping your germs to yourself.

Get your flu and pneumonia shots. Some people balk at getting flu shots and think flu shots actually give people the flu. Even if you end up getting the flu, having a flu shot may reduce the severity.

If you have little ones at home, make sure they know to cover their mouth when sneezing or coughing. Also make sure they do not share food or utensils with others.

There is no way to avoid human contact, but these simple precautions will keep you feeling your best this winter.