12 tips on how to not get sick for the holidays!
The Secrets to Never Getting Sick, during the Holiday Season
The holidays are a special time of year, filled with family gatherings, fun activities, and delicious food. But it’s also a time when germs are more likely to spread—and that means you could be at risk of getting sick. Here are 12 tips to help you keep healthy throughout the holiday season, but first, let’s understand what generally causes us to get sick.
What makes you sick?
Colds and viruses are usually spread through the air, when an infected person talks, sneezes, or coughs. They can also spread through contact with surfaces that have been contaminated by someone else’s germs. Avoiding a sickness will generally focus on eliminating or limiting your exposure to germs.
12 Tips on how to not get sick:
1. Wash your hands often, especially before eating or drinking and after blowing your nose. Washing your hands with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds and drying them thoroughly will help protect you from germs.
2. Avoid close contact with people who are already ill. Some ways you can avoid contact during the holidays are by keeping your distance in large crowds or gatherings and staying away from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
3. Make sure to get enough sleep, exercise regularly, and eat a balanced diet full of fruits and vegetables to keep your immune system strong. Doing this has been proven to reduce your chances of illness by boosting your body’s defenses.
4. Carry hand sanitizer with you and use it often, especially when in public places. Hand sanitizer provides an extra layer of protection and will help keep germs at bay. Also, disinfect surfaces in your home often with a disinfectant spray or wipes, especially when more people are visiting the house.
5. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then throw the tissue away immediately.
6. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as these are entry points for germs into your body. Some ways you can be more aware of this bad habit are by keeping your hands busy and away from your face, such as by using a stress ball.
7. Clean and disinfect surfaces that get lots of use, like doorknobs, phones, and other electronics. You can do this conveniently and easily by using disinfecting wipes or a spray.
8. Avoid sharing utensils, drinking glasses, or food with others. As we gather together with family and friends, it is too common to get comfortable. Enjoy the company, but use your own utensils and glassware!
9. Stay home when you are sick to avoid infecting other people, and be sure to consult your doctor if your symptoms don’t go away or become more severe.
10. Stay hydrated – drink plenty of water throughout the day. Just simply drinking water can reduce your chances of getting sick.
11. Take your vitamins – Vitamins C, D and zinc have all been shown to help boost immunity.
12. Get vaccinated for the flu if you haven’t already. We provide daily appointments and convenient availability for vaccinations, including the flu and coronavirus.
Visit iCare Argyle for quick relief this holiday season
We all know this is the worst time of year to get sick, but it happens. Let our urgent care staff provide efficient and affordable care in the event this happens to you. Our facility is perfectly equipped to get you back to enjoying the holidays. By taking these precautions, you can reduce your risk of getting sick this holiday season, so that you can focus on enjoying the time with your family and friends! We wish you a safe and happy holiday season.