No one likes being sick. Well, maybe sometimes it’s fun to curl up with your tissues and some Netflix, but that’s really just making the best of it. But when cold and flu season comes along, you don’t have to be left defenceless. Here are our tips on how to avoid getting sick this season.
First off though, why do we get sick in the winter? Aren’t germs floating around all year? In the United States, flu season peaks in February and ends in March, according to Harvard University. But in the southern hemisphere, flu season is from June to September. Why? Because where there is winter, there’s flu. That being said, cold doesn’t create the flu, it only contributes to its spread. The reasons why sickness ramps up in winter are actually believed to be:
Washing your hands — and washing them often — is the best way to kill germs and stop the spread of viruses and bacteria, according to the Centers for Disease Control. In their guide to when and how to wash your hands in order to stay healthy, some of the CDCs recommendations include before, during and after preparing food, and before eating it, (psst...our naturally Antibacterial Kitchen Hand Wash is not just for the kitchen) and after touching animals or their pet food, after touching garbage, blowing your nose, or being around others who are sick. Plus, after the bathroom of course.
Opt for sanitizer when hand washing isn’t an option. They don’t get rid of all germs and are less effective on hands that are visibly soiled. When using hand sanitizer, make sure to rub your palms together, then the surfaces of your hands and fingers until the gel is dry, about 20 seconds.
To make the most of your hand washing, do it right. Here are more science-backed instructions from the CDC:
And no, we don’t mean the hydrating kind. With the recent outbreak of the coronavirus, the New York Times dug into whether or not wearing those white surgical masks protects you from catching the virus. The short answer? Yes. When used properly, they will “block most large respiratory droplets from other people’s sneezes and coughs from entering your mouth and nose,” Dr. Amesh Adalja told the paper. But don’t go scratching your face under the mask and spreading new germs. The masks are also useful in preventing passing the virus on to others. The bottom line, however, is consistent hand washing and avoiding people who are ill are the best ways to stay healthy.
So you caught a cold, and now you want to ease your body. Here are some natural ways to ease your aches, pains and stuffy noses. If you have the flu and are in an elevated risk group, speak to a professional.
What remedies give you the most relief when you’re sick?
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