Here are some holiday tips to support your efforts for health and safety this season.
- WASH HANDS! Frequent handwashing is a must if you hope to keep germs at bay. Viruses and bacteria can live for hours on surfaces touched by an infected person. Then they are transferred to the next healthy person to come along. Wash your hands vigorously with soap and warm water for 10-15 seconds.
- DON’T TOUCH! While handwashing is the first line of defense, even clean hands should stay away from eyes, noses and mouths to prevent germs from infecting the body.
- USE HAND SANITIZERS!
- COVER UP! If everyone covered their face when they coughed or sneezed, germs wouldn’t stand a chance! Unfortunately, many people just can’t make this habit stick, and the germs fly free. Encourage kids to turn their head and cough or sneeze into the crook of their elbow — rather than the palm of their hand — to avoid passing germs by touch.
- DISINFECT THE HOUSE! Use germ-killing cleaning products, like Lysol, bleach or boiling water, to disinfect the house. Wipe down the phone, computer keyboard/mouse, door handles, bathrooms, toys, countertops and other common surfaces. Wash dishes in the hottest possible water and allow to air dry, or use an automatic dishwasher. Microwave sponges and dishcloths for 30 seconds to kill bacteria. Replace toothbruses often, especially after illness.
- DO’s! Get plenty of sleep. Exercise, especially aerobic, increases the body’s virus-killing cells. Eat healthy foods with lots of vitamins, like colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grains and yogurt. Drink fluids; it flushes out your system. Take care of yourself!