cold and flu season

Be healthy in cold and flu season

Colds, flu, and other illnesses can be a real problem at home, school, and the workplace, and as cold and flu season settles in, now is the time to focus on your well-being.

How can you keep yourself and others safe from whichever bug is going around? Try these top tips to help you stay fit and healthy:

  1. Wash your hands

We all know by now that washing your hands is the first and best defence to protect yourself from germs. One study found that regular hand washing can reduce respiratory illness transmission by more than 20%. Rinse your hands and lather with soap, scrubbing for at least 20 seconds.

  1. Use hand sanitizer

Use an alcohol-based hand rub if soap and water aren’t available. It should contain at least 60% alcohol. Studies have shown hand sanitizers with an alcohol content between 60 and 95% are more effective at killing germs than those with lower concentrations or a non-alcohol based one.

  1. Dress weather appropriate

Under or overdressing can have a serious effect on your health. Check the weather before you leave the house and let it decide the way you dress. When temperatures are predicted to fluctuate, wear layers so that you can take them off or put them on as needed. It is a good idea to invest in a warm winter coat, hat, gloves, and scarf to keep you toasty.

  1. Sleep well

Research shows that people who get less than seven hours sleep each night are 3 times more likely to catch colds than those who get at least eight hours. Staying well rested will boost your immune system and help you fight winter illnesses.

  1. Remember the washing

Clothes, towels, and bedding can be a key culprit in spreading infectious germs and flu! Wash items in the hottest water that is safe for the fabric to help wipe out germs. When handling dirty laundry, carry items in a basket instead of hugging potentially contaminated clothes to your chest! Pour the items directly into the machine and if possible, wash your hands after handling the unwashed clothing.

  1. Embrace the fresh air

One of the reasons sickness spreads more easily in winter is because we are all inside sharing the same air. Opening a window to let in some fresh air or going outside for a brief walk can do wonders for clearing out the lungs. If that is not an option, invest in an air purifier – some models are specifically designed to remove allergens, neutralize viruses, and destroy bacteria.

  1. Hydrate

Drinking more water during the colder months prevents a dry nose and throat, loosens mucus, and helps your body circulate blood more efficiently to help fight viruses. Aim for at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. Stick to clear fluids as much as possible although soups and hot teas are also fantastic options.

  1. Look after yourself

If you happen to catch that annoying winter bug, take care of yourself. Keep basic over the counter medications handy and take them as directed. It should be obvious, stay away from others who are sick if possible. If you are sick self-isolate to avoid spreading it to other people. Monitor your symptoms and contact your G.P. if you have a fever or your symptoms worsen.

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