The trend every winter is to take preventive measures to avoid contracting the flu. We get the flu shot. We give our immune system a boost by taking extra supplements, hoping that this will keep us healthy.. It can be hard… we know! This winter, however, the focus has been COVID-19 and appropriately washing your hands. We agree that hygiene is key to staying healthy, but this is true year ‘round, not just in the winter. Here are a few ways to ensure that you avoid germs this time of year and every season.
- Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands. Yes, you should wash your hands – EVERY SINGLE TIME. This ensures that you aren’t carrying other’s germs around with you.
- Don’t touch your mouth. This one is tricky. Oftentimes we have bad habits we need to kick – and this is a bad one to get hooked on. This also includes putting your pen in your mouth, biting your nails, etc. Just don’t do it. Do all you can to be self-aware about what you’re doing with your hands and what you’re putting in your mouth.
- Avoid people who are coughing/sneezing. We know that it’s near impossible to avoid every person that sneezes or coughs but do your best to practice physical distancing.
- Avoid close physical contact! It’s okay to smile and wave You don’t have to shake everyone’s hand that you meet. In our current context, it’s best to avoid shaking hands at all. In fact, we should remain at least 6ft away from each other. As challenging as this is (especially for our huggers), the cost is too great a risk.
- Shopping carts? Use the sanitizing wipes. This is a good habit to get into all year long, but especially now. They are there for a reason! Go ahead, pick it up, and wipe your cart handle. It’s a great habit to get into!
- Around little ones or elderly? Make sure you do everything you can when you’re specifically around these two demographics. They’re the most suspectable to illness..
- Sick? Stay home. If you have a cough or a fever or just feeling poorly. Do us all a favor and self-quarantine. Just as you don’t want to get anyone else’s germs, they don’t want yours either.
Remember, we’re all in this together! Be self-aware, practice good hygiene and be mindful of others.