Cold and flu season is still going strong, so now is not the time to lower your defenses in your fight against germs. There are still things you need to be diligent about in order to protect your family from illness. Utilize these simple tips to keep your family healthy not just during cold and flu season but all year long.
It’s not possible to prevent all illness from invading your home, but there are some basics you need to keep in mind to limit the chances of passing germs around your home. Remember to:
- Talk to your family about avoiding people who are obviously sick. If someone in your house is sick then separate them from the rest of the house until it has passed.
- Make it a habit not to share food, utensils and glasses. Adults shouldn’t finish a child’s plate either.
- Cover your cough and your sneezes.
- Try not to touch your eyes, mouth, and nose. They are the best portals for germs to get into our body.
- Make sure to wash your hands regularly with soap and warm water.
- Change hand towels in the bathroom regularly and frequently.
- After someone have been sick, replace their toothbrush.
- Frequently wash shared blankets or pillows, especially after an illness.
- Hand sanitizers don’t take the place of hand washing because they don’t kill all the germs.
- Regularly clean common surfaces in the home such as door knobs, light switches, remote controls, phones, handrails, the refrigerator handle and microwave door. Toilets, faucets, keyboards and tablets need it too.
How to Keep Germs Away
Unless you want your family to be the family in the bubble, you are going to come into contact with germs. You can lessen this exposure by:
- Taking off your shoes in the entryway. Shoes are the number one transmitter of germs into the home.
- Wash your hands when you get home.
- Wipe down backpacks, diapers bags, lunch bags and purses as often as you can.
- Wash coats often or other items that are worn outside the home such as sweatshirts and sweaters.
- Ask your kids not to use public water fountains at school. Take a water bottle instead.
- Put a towel on gym equipment when you use it.
- Clean the handles and steering wheel of your car with disinfectant wipes regularly.
- Use a humidifier in your home to keep mucus membranes moist; it can lessen infection rates.
Once you get in the habit of doing these things they will become second nature and hopefully keep you and your family healthy all year long.
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