So, what can you realistically do to stop the spread of germs and try to stay healthy during this time of year?
Try to avoid close contact with sick people. When someone is coughing, looking feverish, pale or appearing sick in general, then it’s probably best to keep your distance. Many illnesses are spread through the air, so there are times when you will just fall prey to illness. You may want to avoid shaking hands, sharing computers or phones and being in an enclosed space with someone who is obviously sick.
Wait your fever out. Wait until your fever is gone for 24 hours without using any fever reducing medications before returning to work or school. A fever indicates infection and with the flu when you have a fever, you are contagious. So, while you may be feeling almost normal, check your temperature regularly so you know for sure if it’s safe to resume your normal routine without putting others at risk.
Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough. Whether it’s a virus or an allergy, it’s best practice to contain your sneeze or cough no matter what time of the year. If you don’t have a tissue handy then use the crook of your elbow. If you use your hand, then be quick about washing your hands right away so you won’t spread germs.
Whether you’re the contagious one or the healthy one, be sure to be cautious about spreading germs but don’t drive yourself crazy with hand washing and going out into public. With all of the illness that goes around during winter season, you don’t want to intentionally miss out on the fun parts too. And if you’re looking for a way to get natural preventative care, then schedule an appointment with your chiropractic specialist. It’s not invasive and it’s effective for both children and adults.