With so many germs being shared in workplaces, schools and other public areas, it’s important to know how to maintain your health during cold and flu season. Falling ill not only feels terrible, but it can affect your education or paycheck if you have to stay home. The most important thing you can do to preserve your health is to frequently wash your hands. But more than that, you must learn proper washing techniques. Scrub the entirety of your hands and fingers with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, rinse well, and dry with a clean towel. When possible, use a paper towel to turn off the faucet and open public restroom doors.
How often should you wash your hands? To answer that, you must think about the spread of germs, which are most commonly caught through hand contact. Think of areas that are frequently touched—door knobs, fridge handles, mice and keyboards, pens, etc. Viruses can live on such surfaces for up to eight hours. When you come into contact with these public areas, avoid touching your face and wash your hands as soon as possible. Fortunately, you cannot catch the flu just by touching an infected area with your hand; those germs must pass from your hand to your nose, eyes or mouth for the virus to take hold inside of your body. Washing the germs away before you scratch your nose or rest your chin on your hand can prevent illness.
You can also boost your immune system internally. Eating a variety of colorful fruits and veggies provides your body with an assortment of vitamins and antioxidants that keep your immune system, along with others, running smoothly. Dark, leafy greens and berries are especially helpful in this area; and strawberries, contrary to popular belief, have more vitamin C than oranges. Along with diet, exercise is great for your body and is also required for smooth internal function. Living a healthier lifestyle is good for all aspects of your health, including warding off illness.
Even your best efforts may not be enough if you come in contact with sick individuals. If you do get sick, you should take steps to avoid spreading the illness. Never cough into your hands, which then touch objects that can go on to infect others. Instead, cough into your sleeve or a tissue, which should then be thrown out. Wash your hands after blowing your nose. Staying home from school or work and avoiding people in general is the best way to keep your germs to yourself. And people will thank you for it!
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