Practice Good Hygiene to Combat Sickness

September 2020

Fall season is upon us and, with cooler weather right around the corner, it’s a great time to enjoy fairs, festivals, football games, and more! Unfortunately, this time of year also is known as the cold and flu season, and it’s a prime time to be potentially exposed to unwanted germs.

This is why it’s important to practice good hygiene! Remember, young children and the
elderly are at the highest risk because of weaker immune systems. The most common viral infection known as the “common cold” can turn into something more serious very quickly,
and could even be life threatening.

So what are some good hygiene practices you can implement this season, especially if you
or anyone in your household starts feeling sick?

  1. Wash your hands frequently throughout the day with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to help decrease the spread of germs.
  2. Drink plenty of water and consume a healthy diet. If you start to feel symptoms coming on, staying hydrated is key.
  3. Cover your cough or sneeze correctly using tissue, upper sleeve, or elbow (not your hands) and teach children to do the same.
  4. Contain sickness. If you or anyone in your family has been sick, refrain from visiting others, in particular those who may have a weakened immune system.
  5. Rest, rest, rest

These are just a handful of suggestions to help you navigate the upcoming cold and flu season. May you and your loved ones have good health this fall!

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