If you have made it this far through cold and flu season, congratulations. The viruses are still lurking in all their usual hideouts so stay vigilant. Here are a few reminders of how to avoid catching a flu or a cold.
- Wash your hands thoroughly and often. Doorknobs, public faucets, and waiting room magazines are full of germs. Shake hands or use the telephone right after that sneezing secretary, then touch your eyes, and you've got it babe.
- Keep your hands away from your face. Viruses love to find their way into your body through your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Avoid sick people if you can. Just leave them chicken soup on their stoop.
- Don't share utensils, cups or towels. (Duh.)
- Open windows as much as possible to get fresh air in and get germs out.
- Stay healthy by getting enough sleep, nutritious foods and exercise.
If you're sick, do everyone else a favor and please stay home. I'll write you a doctor's note if you need one. You're contagious for up to 5 days after your symptoms start. And get into the habit of coughing and sneezing into the crook of your elbow so you don't pass those germs along. We all thank you.
Fit's Tips: Keeping a little bottle of hand sanitizer in your purse is the best idea yet. Use it often. Germs don't deserve to live.