Handwashing is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs! Get the word out! When we cough or sneeze into our hands every surface and person we touch with our hands come in contact with our germs. Handwashing reduces the risk of diseases being transmitted in this manner.
Let's all aim for a healthy winter. Regular exercise and a nutritious diet rich in fruits and vegetables are immune system boosters. Here are some other natural ways to prevent colds and flu:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, or an alcohol based hand rub- especially after you cough or sneeze.
- Don’t cover your coughs and sneezes with your hands- use a tissue and dispose of it immediately, or cough or sneeze into your elbow.
- Don’t touch your face- cold and flu viruses enter through the eyes, nose and mouth.
- Drink lots of fluids- water flushes your system, washing out the toxins as it rehydrates you. A typical, healthy adult needs eight 8-ounce glasses of fluids each day.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- While sick limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
- Try to stay home if you are sick until at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever, without the use of fever reducing medication.