Cold Prevention Tips
Cold season is almost here once again. Coming down with a bad cold can leave you feeling miserable for days, so why go through all that if you don’t have to? Colds are so common that completely avoiding them might seem like an impossible task, but there are some simple cold prevention tips you can take that can go a long way in helping you stay healthy this Fall and Winter.
Frequently Disinfect Shared Objects
Germs can survive for several hours if they transfer to an object. If there are things in your house that are regularly handled by more than one person, like door handles, remote controls, or computer keyboards, it’s a good idea to regularly disinfect those things if someone is sick. If you have children who share toys and one of them has a cold, their toys need to be frequently cleaned. Make sure each person has their own bath towel and when washing dishes and use a separate towel for drying your dishes than you do for washing your hands.
Wash Your Hands Regularly
Since cold viruses are most commonly spread through direct contact, making sure to wash your hands frequently can be very helpful in keeping colds away. You can do your best to keep the stuff in your house disinfected, but that doesn’t mean everyone else is as mindful as you are. A store’s door handle, shopping cart, ATM machine, staircase handrail, or elevator buttons all may have been previously touched by somebody with a cold.
Keep Your Hands Away From Your Face
One of the most surefire ways to catch a cold is by touching your face when you have cold germs on your hands. The areas around your eyes, nose, and mouth are the most vulnerable entry points for germs and you don’t want to be practically inviting a cold to move in.
Take Good Care of Yourself
Basic things you do to take care of yourself everyday can do a lot to help you fight off a cold. Drinking plenty of water and getting lots of rest help keep your immune system running optimally. Studies have shown that people who get less than seven hours of sleep are three times more likely to catch a cold compared to people who get at least eight hours of sleep. Getting a moderate amount of exercise also helps to boost your immune system, but be careful not to overdo it.
If you start feeling like you’re coming down with a cold, the sooner you act on it, the better. Take your vitamins or preferred cold medicine as soon as possible to stop it in its tracks and hopefully spare yourself a miserable cold.