The simple cold is the main reason that kids miss school and adults miss work. Each year there are millions of cases of colds. But you also have to protect yourself from other respiratory illnesses and germs, in general. Offices and schools are a breeding ground for germs to spread.
So, how do you protect yourself from the germs of schools and offices?
- Wash your hands. Wash them for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. If you don’t have soap and water, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer is an alternative.
- Avoid touching your face. This includes eyes, nose and mouth as these are easy ways for germs to enter your system.
- Cover your mouth, when sneezing or coughing, with a tissue or the sleeve of your arm rather than your hand. Then wash your hands after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
- Move away from people who are coughing or sneezing frequently, if possible.
- Avoid excessive contact with people who are sick, if possible. For example, hugging, shaking hands, etc.
- Disinfect your frequently touched surfaces.
- Stay hydrated.
- Get your flu shot or nasal vaccine. These are the best weapons to avoiding the flu.
- Have a fever above 100F? Stay home.