There may be types of good bacteria, but there’s no such thing as good germs. Germs can come from relatively anywhere, whether your kids are outside playing or if you put your hands on a shopping card. Unfortunately they are both unavoidable and dangerous to your health. Learning how you can avoid germs by changing a few aspects of your daily lifestyle can help to keep you healthier (more info on flu season hygiene).
The best way that you can prevent your body from being affected by the germs that cause illnesses, such as the flu, is to get the right vaccines for the season. It is important that every year you get your flu shot which helps to protect your body against newly developed strands of the illness. It is advised that people 6 months and older get vaccinated by at least December, as this is when flu season typically starts.
Washing Your Hands
As the most obvious, and one of the most important, ways to prevent being affected by germs; make sure you wash your hands. You would be surprised at how many microscopic organisms can make their way from your hands to your mouth in a matter of seconds. Every time that you touch something that has been heavily used, consider washing your hands. You may also want to consider bringing a bottle of hand sanitizer with you when you leave the house, in case you have to take public transportation.
Wiping Down Surfaces
There will be times when you’ll forget to wash your hands and the contaminants that you bring into your home are transferred onto surfaces such as kitchen counters, telephones, and your computer keyboard. Make it a habit to wipe these surfaces down at the beginning of the day to get rid of disease-causing agents. All you’ll need is a disinfectant wipe or a paper towel with hand sanitizer on it.
Covering Your Nose and Mouth
It’s important that you also take control of how you spread your own germs, whether you’re sick or not. If you feel the sensation of a sneeze or a cough, grab a tissue and make sure that you sneeze or cough into it. This helps to reduce the pathogens transferred to your hands, which will infect surfaces that other people will touch. In fact, sneezes and coughs are the two most prevalent ways for germs to be transported from one person to another.