With the Flu, common colds, and Coronavirus on the rise, you should probably know what actions to take to avoid getting sick! Trust me, nobody wants to be stuck in bed all day with a sore throat, runny nose, and upset stomach…so here’s a few tips and tricks to protect yourself from germs:
Viruses can be spread from infected people to others through the air or close contact. If you touch an infected surface, shake hands, or touch a dirty door handle; touching your face, nose, or mouth can then lead to infection of the virus. To reduce the risk, wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If you do not have access to soap and water, use an alcohol-based sanitizer. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unclean hands. Viruses can live on your hands and fingers, by touching your face you are giving germs direct access to enter your body. Also, stay away from sick people! They could unintentionally cough on you or sneeze around you, causing a spread of the virus.
To prevent spreading your sickness to others you should stay home while you are sick! Avoid close contact with everyone, no hugging or kissing to minimize risk of spreading to others. Cough and sneeze into a tissue or sleeve, away from the direction of others. Always wash your hands! Disinfect frequently touched items or surfaces such as tables, door knobs, or phones with Clorox.
Most people catch colds in the winter or spring months. Common symptoms usually include:
-sore throat -headaches
-running nose -body aches
A few Tips & Tricks to avoid getting sick:
1. Eat green vegetables. They are rich in vitamins to help support a healthy immune system.
2. Increase your vitamin D. Foods rich in vitamin D are egg yolks, mushrooms, salmon, and tuna. You can also buy Vitamin D supplements at your local grocery store.
3. Stay active. Keeping an exercise routine, even walking three times a week, can reduce stress, and increases circulation of white blood cells which fight off colds.
4. Get enough sleep. It is important to sleep at least 8 hours a night after being exposed to a virus. The body releases a protein, Cytokines, during sleep with regulate the immune system.
5. Drink green tea! Tea has many health benefits due to its high number of antioxidants.