Last updated on November 19, 2019 at 09:20 am
Does it seem like everyone around you is sick? Do you hear someone in the cube or office next to you coughing and hacking? Are you maybe doing it yourself? Well … it is cold and flu season, so here are some helpful tips on staying healthy and fighting illness this winter.
Remember the basics — wash your hands frequently, cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing (a la Dracula-style), and avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also recommends getting the flu vaccine.
Another important step recommended by the CDC is making sure surfaces that you contact on a daily basis are clean and sanitized. This includes:
- Household surfaces (faucets, door handles, remote controls and appliances) that are common contact points for unwashed hands
- Your computer keyboard (especially if you are using a traditional desktop computer with deeper keys that can hold onto food particles and other contaminates)
- Your cellphone (just make sure to review your manufacturers’ instructions when cleaning electronic equipment)
- Your children’s toys
You should also consider cleaning and disinfecting your car during cold and flu season. This is one of the most overlooked areas harboring germs and viruses. Using an anti-bacterial wipe that is safe for your car’s interior is a quick way to wipe down the steering wheel and dashboard surfaces to keep them germ-free. If you have a child seat, make sure to wipe that down using products that are safe around children. It is also a good idea to keep a small box of tissues within reach of the driver—just in case.
And if you need to take it easy for a few days or a weekend, here are 19 awesome car movies to watch along with other fan suggestions.
For more information about influenza and tips to stay healthy, visit the CDC. Please remember never drive a car when feeling drowsy, foggy, or while taking any medication without first identifying how it will affect your ability to operate a moving vehicle.