How to avoid the season of sickness

It’s winter–the season of colds and the flu. People try their best to avoid wintertime illness, but are their strategies good enough? Doctors recommend many different things to try. Read on for a few tips to keep you well enough to stay in school this winter.

  1. Your first instinct is to keep warm. So, dress in layers and warmly.
  2. Avoid large groups of strangers. Don’t huddle with a group of people in a bus or train; you run the risk of getting those sick or getting sick yourself.
  3. Drink hot herbal tea or eight glasses of water a day and you will be healthy. Get enough sleep and exercise, and, as always, take multi-vitamins. Another way to avoid illness is eating yogurt, fresh vegetables and fruits.   One favored method as always is classic chicken noodle soup.
  4. Wash your hands and keep your hands away from your face.   Hand sanitizer is a must.  When possible spray your work or home environment with an antibacterial spray such as Lysol.  Change and wash clothing when returning from a public place.  See your doctor and get a yearly flu shot.  

 

How do you know if you got the cold or flu? There are symptoms of the cold and flu that are different.   The flu is more severe, often accompanied by fever, headache and body aches.  The other prominent feature is the extreme tiredness that accompanies the flu.  The final difference is that the flu can be treated with antiviral drugs and a preventative vaccine, a cold cannot.

The rule of thumb this winter is prevention.  Do not intentionally expose your illnesses to others.  Prevent using common sense and antibacterial products. Dress appropriately for the weather, and as always, get your annual flu shot from your doctor or pharmacist.