It’s a fact of life that germs live everywhere. No matter how many bottles of sanitizer you have, there is no way to get rid of them completely. However odd that may sound, it’s actually a good thing. We need some germs in our environment. Being exposed to germs actually helps boost our immune system. That being said, when you are in the middle of flu season and everybody around you seems to be sick, it’s wise to get rid of all the germs you can. Let’s look at some of the best way to stop the spread of germs during flu season.
The number one thing that most health practitioners will tell you is to wash your hands, and wash them often. Wash them for about 20 seconds. Children can do this by singing “Happy Birthday” two times as they are washing their hands. If you can’t get to a sink to wash your hands, keep a container of antibacterial gel handy.
Use antibacterial wipes on surfaces that are touched often. These can become your best friend during flu season. Common places that germs like to lurk are:
If you are sick, chances are that your nose and mouth are where your germs are lurking. If you touch your face and then touch another surface, guess what? You are spreading your germs. If you do happen to touch your face, be sure to wash your hands or use antibacterial gel.
This is simple math. The more people there are in a given space, the more germs there will be. During flu season, it is likely that germs that will make you sick are all over the place in a large crowd. There will likely be coughing, sneezing, touching – you name it.
This is common sense, but many people feel the need to be working and running errands when it is obvious they should be home in bed. If you are sick, try to quarantine yourself as much as you can. If you are an employer, don’t make an employee feel guilty if he/she is staying home sick. If that person comes to work sick and spreads those germs to fellow employees, you are going to have even more people sick.
A healthy body is more easily able to fight off germs. It sounds cliché, but eating fruits and vegetables, drinking a lot of water and getting plenty of rest are all ways to help stave off sickness. Your body will be more able to ward off invading germs if it is given the tools to do so.
Most of the things that we can do to ward off the bad germs are common sense. It just takes a little bit of time and effort on our part. The 30 seconds it takes to wipe down our office space and the 20 seconds it takes to wash our hands is well worth it if it fights off a week in bed with the flu.
Jamie has written for many years about a variety of topics. She especially enjoys writing about health, cleaning up your environment and family issues. She was lucky enough not to get the flu this year, and credits the use of these simple tips.