Wintertime is more commonly known as cold and flu season and, as we all know, the cold and flu are something that’s best to avoid! Avoiding illness during the wintertime depends on having good hygiene and wellness skills through the wintertime and the rest of the year. In addition to washing your hands regularly, practice these hygiene and wellness skills to stay healthy and happy this winter!
Keep Your Distance
Keeping your distance during the wintertime means two things. First, avoid close contact with people who may be sick or who have been around sick people. Since there’s no way to know who’s sick when you’re first talking to them, it’s best to just apply the rule to everyone.
Avoid handshakes, hugs, and other close contact when germs can be spread. Offer a fun fist bump or elbow touch instead and encourage your coworkers, friends, and family members to do the same. The second way you should keep your distance is by avoiding other people if you’ve recently been sick. It’s best to stay home and call off of work or school while you’re sick to prevent spreading your germs to those around you.
Vampire Coughs and Sneezes
If you’re suffering from wintertime sniffles, sneezes, and coughs, practice the vampire technique. To vampire cough or sneeze just turn your head into your elbow when you cough or sneeze instead of doing it into the palm of your hands. Coughing or sneezing onto your hands almost guarantees you’ll get others sick as you touch those contaminated hands onto doorknobs, railings, and other commonly touched surfaces. If you mistakenly cough or sneeze into your hands, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer right away. Each handwashing session should last at least 20 seconds or as long as it takes to hum the “Happy Birthday” song twice.
Flu season begins in October and it’s recommended to get your flu vaccine at the beginning of the season. However, if you still haven’t been vaccinated this year, it isn’t too late! Visit your local urgent care center to receive a flu vaccine and reduce your risk of catching the flu by over 80%.
If you’re already suffering from cold or flu symptoms, the urgent care can help with that too! Getting treatment from a medical professional is the best way to get an accurate diagnosis and begin to make your symptoms more manageable.