In 2017, we saw one of the worst strains of flu rip through the country, with deaths reaching unanticipated numbers. Unlike other years, fatalities were not limited to young children and seniors, though they were still very much at risk. Thankfully, cases have been decreasing, but as we enter a new winter season, everyone is on high alert. Here are some cold and flu prevention tips to keep in mind.
All soaps are the same, right? This may not be true. Using an antibacterial soap is more likely to kill the germs that will make you sick. Spend at least 20 seconds washing your hands, making sure the soap is frothy and covering you fully.
Using a heated hand dryer may seem like the best option, but studies have shown wiping with a paper towel removes more germs and bacteria, so don’t forgo the classics.
Keeping food preparation surfaces clean before, during, and after cooking is a must. Not only can old sponges harbour dangerous bacteria, getting sick with food poisoning is definitely unpleasant and can weaken you when you need your strength to prevent catching a cold or the flu. Also remember to thoroughly disinfect doorknobs, telephones, remotes, and light switches, as bacteria can survive on them for hours.
For those at the most risk, while perhaps sounding drastic, it could be a good idea to limit your exposure to crowds. There is always an abundance of sneezing and coughing from those already suffering, not to mention the people who are contagious but yet to show symptoms.
A weakened body is a playground for microscopic bugs. Cold and flu prevention can be as simple as looking after yourself: drinking enough water, getting proper sleep, and eating the right food. It is while you are sleeping that your body gets to work repairing itself and bolstering your immune system, so give it plenty of time.
An often overlooked way of preventing colds and flus is by eating well and getting adequate vitamins. Yoghurt is an excellent prevention food, with fruits and vegetables all playing their part too. If you’re not getting the right amount from your food, talk to your doctor or a pharmacist about what supplements may be right for you.
Not everyone is recommended to get the flu vaccine, with illnesses and age precluding some. For everyone else, it can be a good way to protect yourself and create a barrier to help protect those at greater risk. Many doctor’s offices and pharmacies offer free vaccinations for eligible persons.
The bombardment of millions and billions of nasty microscopic bugs makes it impossible to be 100% protected, but by following these tips, you can rest assured you are doing all you can.