Monday, November 18, 2013 
by wseibel

It is not only the season for Holiday Cheer, but also ‘Tis the season for sickness and colds.  We all enjoy the  Holidays, but sometimes the common cold can put a damper on all that cheer.  With all the parties, family functions and shopping that we do, we often pick up the common cold.  With these preventative tips, we can avoid the common cold and have lots of Holiday Cheer!

  • Make sure everyone is washing their hands often.  Frequent hand washing can destroy viruses that have been acquired from other people.  This is probably one of the most important measures in preventing transmission of colds.  Being in public places or with someone who is sick is the biggest way to pick up viruses.  You can carry hand sanitizer or wipes to use when hand washing is not available.
  • Use disposable items .  By using disposable items such as cups, plates and silverware you can be less likely to spread the virus by disposing of them.
  • Keep all surfaces clean.  Many surfaces can harbor viruses for hours after used by an infected person.  Wipe all door knobs, drawer pulls, keyboards, light switches, telephones, remote controls, counter tops, sinks, toys and any other surface that may have been affected.  When in public places try not to touch everything (keep kids from touching ) and wipe down shopping cart handles.
  • Make sure to dispose of used tissues.  Used tissues can contaminate any surface that they touch.  Good practice is to use a tissue and dispose of it in the trash (not a pocket or purse).
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Good nutrition and physical exercise can help ensure that your immune system is ready to fight off viruses if they occur. Drink plenty of water and get plenty of sleep.

Hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized each year due to flu.  If someone is hospitalized without health insurance, the cost could run thousands of dollars.  Without health insurance, a routine visit could cost hundreds of dollars. Take these precautions and be safe & well this Holiday Season!

Posted 9:14 PM

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