It’s that time of year where sniffles and coughs start to come out. This is typical for any year. The change in season brings about more cases of colds and the flu. But given that flu season is about to hit while the world has been dealing with a national pandemic means we should be taking extra precautions this year.
Data has shown that COVID-19 is a highly contagious airborne virus. It’s crucial to take the flu and cold season seriously this year because spreading these common illnesses can weaken your immune system, leaving people to be more vulnerable to other viruses. We want to help provide you with info and tips so you can properly care for yourself and your loved ones during these unprecedented times.
Covering your mouth
In the case of COVID-19, the flu, and colds, they all can be spread through respiratory droplets. These droplets are most commonly formed when you sneeze, cough, or speak.
Because of this, some basic measures to take when around other people is to wear a mask and keep distance between yourself and others. No matter where you are or who you’re around, you should always cover your mouth when you cough and sneeze! Research shows the best way to cover your mouth is with your inner elbow or crook of your arm. This helps prevent the spread of bacteria from your hands, lessening overall risk of contamination.
Wash your hands
You better get used to hearing this one, because it is crucial! Wash your hands often throughout the day. If you’re walking by a sink, think “why not!” and stop for a wash. You should be washing your hands for 20 seconds and scrubbing all over, including in between your fingers and under your nails.
One of the times you need to wash your hands the most is when you’re out and about. Being in public spaces means you’re touching a lot of items that other people have touched or have not been cleaned. That’s why it’s so important to keep hand sanitizing wipes on you so you can wash your hands when it matters most. Our individually wrapped hand sanitizing wipes are great to stash away in your car, bag, or pockets, so you’re never left feeling defenseless.
Surfaces are filled with tons of bacteria, especially those we touch often. Think about doorknobs, the television remote, and your phone! People touch on average 300 things a day. That can lead to lots of bacteria, particularly during cold and flu season. Make sure to use sanitizing wipes or proper cleaning supplies to wipes these down. You can easily get rid of 99.9% of bacteria in just a few simple swipes. Trust us, it’s worth it!
Even if exposed to the flu or colds, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get it as long as your immune system is strong and ready to fight it off. Now is a great time to start taking vitamins! A multivitamin is a perfect way to get a healthy mix in, and Vitamin C, D, and Zinc are great in preventing the common cold and flu. Eating right and exercising is also so important to keep your body feeling good. Even just taking a walk or doing yoga will help your circulation and boost your body’s defenses against bacteria and viruses. But don’t forget sleep! A full night’s rest is key to feeling good and healthy. It’s the time your body takes to recharge and stabilize.
By implementing these tips and being extra cautious in the coming months, you can help protect yourself and your loved ones. We’re all in this crazy time together and want to keep each other safe and healthy.