With parties in full swing and family gatherings next week, the last thing you want to be is SICK! Tis’ the season for sneezing and wheezing. When you aren’t feeling 100% and you cough or sneeze, those germs float into the air and spread to the next person. Take these steps to help prevent the sharing of germs so you can share gifts instead!
Cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing, if you can’t get a tissue in time cough into your elbow instead of your hands!
Avoid touching your mouth, nose or eyes where germs invade your system!
Wash your hands often; your best option is with warm water and soap. The most effective way to prevent the spread of germs is by washing your hands to kill those germs.
Hand washing 101... be smart about washing your hands. Here are a few tips for when it’s important to be sure you are thoroughly scrubbing those hands between your fingers, backs of hands and your wrists!
Wash Hands Before:
Eating and preparing meals
When caring for an injured or sick person
Inserting or removing contact lenses
Wash Hands After:
Preparing food, especially raw meat
Changing diapers or using the bathroom
Taking care of animals
Handling garbage and cleaners
Use of Alcohol Based Hand Sanitizer:
Choose those that contain 60% alcohol
Apply enough to cover hands completely
Rub hands together until dry
Have your family adopt these simple hand washing habits to help limit the transfer of bacteria and viruses to lessen your chances of being sick this holiday season!