5 Ways to Stop Colds from Spreading in Your Family
For those caring for loved ones at home, preventing colds and the flu is especially vital. As it spreads from one person to the next in your family, that one crummy cold virus can disrupt your lives for weeks — causing missed work, sleepless nights, and frayed tempers. Suzanne Johnson, Administrator of Bayshore Home Care, urges everyone to get a flu vaccination and take the precautions listed below to protect against sickness this fall.
Cold Prevention Tip 1: Wash Your Hands
You’ve heard it many times before, but washing your hands is the single most important way to stop the spread of colds. According to the CDC, about 80% of infectious diseases are spread by touch — the cold germs get on the hands and from there into the eyes and mouth.
When you wash your hands, do it thoroughly. Use soap and water and scrub for a minimum of 20 seconds. When you’re not near a sink, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer is a good substitute.
Cold Prevention Tip 2: Cover Your Mouth
Most of us were raised to cover our mouths and noses with our hands when we sneezed or coughed. Instead, use the crook of your elbow — or a tissue. That way, the cold germs won’t get onto your hands and spread.
Cold Prevention Tip 3: Disinfect
Cold germs can live on surfaces for hours. Consider disinfecting areas in your home like tabletops, doorknobs, remote controls, and toys. Don’t make yourself crazy wiping down everything in sight but, keeping surfaces clean helps keep the germs at bay and your family safe when someone in the household is sick.
Cold Prevention Tip 4: Go Disposible
Colds can be spread by sharing towels and cups. When someone in your family is sick, consider switching to paper products for a week to minimize your family’s contact with germs.
Cold Prevention Tip 5: Take Care of Yourself
Although life is busy and you are always short on time it is important, especially this time of year, to make sure you are taking care of yourself. Evidence suggests that eating healthy foods, getting the proper amount of rest, and reducing stress can help keep your immune system strong — and potentially more capable of fighting off sickness.
Information Provided In Part By:
“Health Tips for Cold and Flu Season, 5 Ways to Stop Colds from Spreading in Your Family” By: Dr. R Morgan Griffin, WebMD, Web, Aug 21, 2012 <http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/health-tips-10/contagious-colds>