Cold and flu season typically begins in the fall and can sneak up on you quickly, therefore it is key to practice good hygiene and cleaning habits to lower the risk of getting sick. With COVID-19 looming as well, keeping you and your home clean and healthy might not be such a bad idea.
The first thing you want to do is ensure you have a healthy supply of cold and flu medicine such as fever reducers, pain relievers, decongestants, antihistamines, nasal spray, cough drops, and cough medicine. If you have chronic medical conditions consult your primary care services provider first before stocking up.
Keep plenty of fluids on hand. Dehydration is one of the biggest reasons the common cold and flu make you feel so bad. Water is always the best option, but other drinks with vitamin C and electrolytes can help. Warm, herbal teas are also a good way to soothe sore throats.
Wash your hands often. Viruses are microscopic and easy to catch without even realizing it. When you touch your eyes, nose, and mouth, the virus can enter your body. Hand washing is one of the best ways to fight off the cold and flu. Make sure you wash for twenty seconds and get all areas of your hands, including your nails.
Clean high traffic surfaces often. The cold and flu viruses can live on surfaces outside the body, though not for extremely long, but can last for a few days. Use disinfectants that are known to kill cold and flu germs. If someone at home is sick, clean surfaces like the fridge, light switches, and doorknobs more often.
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