8 Ways How to Prevent The Flu & Cold and be Healthier

Flu symptoms can make you feel awful, generally, they begin about one or two days after your exposure to the virus but if you’re otherwise healthy, younger than age 65 and not pregnant, you can generally take care of yourself when you do Flu preventing actions.

1. First rule. Hands Washing.

Viruses are strong creatures they survive on indoor surfaces for more than 7 days on clothes, on door handles for 6 hours, on paper for about 12 hours. On our hands for a few minutes or for an hour depending on the type of virus. Washing Your Hands with Soap and water for 20 sec. at any time of the day will Help a lot. Avoid shaking someone’s hand when greeting someone else who’s got the virus.

It’s not recommended Going outside with wet hair in cold weather because can weaken your immune system and makes you more vulnerable to viruses around us.

2. Stay hydrated. Water, juice, clear broth or warm lemon water with honey helps loosen congestion and prevents dehydration.

Avoid alcohol, coffee and caffeinated sodas, which can make dehydration worse.

3. Stay at home

In the flu season, the number of cases is expected to increase. Getting the day off is much better than experiencing the consequences of the flu. Stay home from work, school, and other public places for at least 24 hours to avoid getting infected from other people.

4. Don’t touch your Face

 it’s so easy to pick up flu germs without knowing it. You can get infected if you touch an infected doorknob or light switch and then rub your eyes or bite your nails. Learning to keep your hands away from your face can be tough, especially for children. Remind them often, as well as yourself.

5. Sanitize surfaces

Stopping the spread of germs means making sure you clean and disinfect hard surfaces such as countertops, tables, refrigerator handles, doorknobs, and faucets. And don’t forget TV remotes, computers, laptops, and phones, too. Some germs can live in these spots for up to 24 hours, so make sure you clean with a disinfectant or disinfecting wipes, or quarter-cup of bleach mixed in 1 gallon of water.

6. Limit contact with family members who are ill

If someone in your family does get the flu, take these steps to prevent the flu from spreading:

  • Keep the sick person at home.
  • Limit close contact between the sick person and other family members as much as you can while they’re contagious. In general, this is up to a week after they show symptoms.
  • Change sleeping arrangements, if possible.

You should also avoid sharing the following items from the sick person:

  • washcloths
  • towels
  • dishes
  • toys
  • utensils

7. Boost your immune system

 Your body does a remarkable job protecting you from illnesses most of the time, especially when you keep your immune system in tip-top shape. Keep eating lots of fruits and veggies, and make sure you get plenty of rest. Daily exercise, keeping stress in check, and limiting alcohol also helps

8. Smile

Studies show that smiling can help boost your immune system. Science has shown that the mere act of smiling can lift your mood, lower stress, boost your immune system and possibly even prolong your life.


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