Germs are everywhere, and they can do some damage to your body and immune system if you are not careful. It is impossible to avoid germs altogether – there are probably a ton of germs present on the device you are using to read this article right now – but you can take steps to protect yourself.
Germs are responsible for a myriad of illnesses, including the flu, that plague their victims every year. There are some very simple steps you can take to help prevent infection. Practicing good health habits is key to avoiding sickness. And by doing so, you can also help prevent spreading germs to those around you and getting them sick as well. Check out these health tips to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to those around you.
1. Cover your coughs and sneezes
Respiratory droplets, which come out of a person’s body when they cough or sneeze, are packed with germs that can make people sick. One cough or sneeze without covering your mouth can send those droplets flying into the air, eventually landing all over the area around the sneezer. Covering your mouth will help contain those droplets and will stop them from invading areas where others can come in contact with the germs. All you need to do after covering your mouth is wash your hands to kill the germs that could otherwise make people sick. This is especially important if you have a baby at home as babies are more susceptible to germs that cause illness.
2. Know the danger zones
Shared spaces and things that are touched by many people every day are a bastion for germ growth. Everyone touches handrails, ATMs, money, menus, light switches, equipment at the gym, and even seats on a bus or subway. While it is unrealistic to expect to avoid these things every day, you can carry around a little thing of hand sanitizer to kill the germs that you may have picked up after touching one of the shared spaces. There is a fine line between being careful and paranoia, so you can’t constantly worry about germs. But it is smart to be a little cautious, especially around flu season.
3. Don't touch your face
No matter how careful you are, it is impossible for your hands to not pick up any germs in a day. But the quickest way for germs to enter your body is through your eyes, nose, and lips. So if you are rubbing your face with hands that have fresh germs on them, you are increasing your likelihood of getting sick.
4. Clean your common areas
Whether at home or in the office, it is always a good idea to clean and disinfect your common areas. Make sure you frequently wipe down countertops, cabinet handles, and desktops, as well as anything else that you use all the time. Just use a little disinfectant spray and you should be able to kill most of the germs.