Cold Prevention: 5 Ways to Help Fend off the Flu

With cold season just around the corner, prevention is the first step to dealing with illnesses. There are a few easy precautions you can take to help avoid being infected with viruses and bacteria that are spread through direct contact.

Wash Your Hands: Your hands touch many things throughout the day and people often touch their face, food they eat, etc. Viruses and bacteria can easily spread this way so it is best to keep your hands clean, especially before eating. It is recommended to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds and to assist small children with proper hand washing.

Cover Nose and Mouth: Saliva is a transmitter of viruses and bacteria. When sneezing or coughing, saliva can easily spread to others, especially in close environments. It is necessary to cover the nose and mouth to avoid the spread of these contagious illnesses.  

Avoid Touching the Eyes: This is one of the easiest ways viruses can enter your body. While washing your hands helps, it is still extremely important to avoid touching the face and especially the eyes.

Eat Healthy and Rest: A healthy body boasts a healthy immune system and a good immune system is better at fighting off infections. Getting enough rest and eating a well balanced diet will help your body resist and combat colds and the flu.

Stay Home When Sick: There are different lengths of contagiousness for different illnesses, but it is best to stay home when symptoms are obvious, especially a fever. Staying home from work or school helps prevent the spread of infections to others and you have a better chance of getting lots of rest.