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Wash your hands after you blow your nose

SneezeFor some reason, I didn’t learn when I was growing up that you should always wash your hands after you blow your nose. A friend taught me that health tip.

During this cold and flu season, it’s also important to keep health in mind. For example, don’t share food with a person that is sick or has been sick. Never use your eating utensils when serving food instead of the serving spoons and forks.

Keep warm, take a multivitamin at least five times a week, and get an adequate night’s sleep. For me, as an older adult, that’s eight hours.

Here are other health habits for the cold and flu season for consumers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Avoid close contact

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick, too.

Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.

Cover your mouth and nose

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Most health specialists believe that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze, or talk.

Clean your hands

Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches a surface or object that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

Stop the spread of germs

Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects. Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu can help slow the spread of influenza.

Copyright 2016, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist


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