Nov 28, 2014
Now that the winter season is round the corner, it becomes extremely important to save yourself and your family members from the wrath of cold and flu. We all try to take proper precautionary measures to keep diseases at bay in this season and as soon as flu makes an appearance most of us immediately rush for help from a health care provider. But, have you ever wondered what keeps these doctors fit and strong even after coming in contact with so many germ-ridden patients? It is their extra-cautious precautionary measures that they take and which the normal people usually skip.
Therefore, keeping in mind these precautions can be really helpful for you, especially in this season.
Almost all healthcare providers disinfect their hands every time they have to touch their patients and medical devices. This prevents the patient from coming in contact with germs. Whenever you think you have touched cold or flu germs, disinfect your hands or wash them properly. Every time you touch your cell phone, keyboard, door handles or other things, make sure you have disinfected your hands. Avoid coming in contact directly with the bathroom’s door knob by using a paper towel to open or close it after washing hands.
Doctors carry alcohol-based sanitizers with them all the time because they are a quick way to disinfect hands. Sanitizers can be a better option because they remove germs without irritating the skin.
Germs can easily travel through the air and this may come as a shock to many that a large number of flu cases are transmitted by coughing, sneezing and talking. As reported by the journal Infectious Diseases, the flu virus can stay in the air within a distance of at least six feet from the infected person. So, keeping a distance from an ill person is must.
No, flu shots are not meant only for infants and elderly. You may get a flu shot whenever you wish to save yourself from the illness. These shots are available at pharmacies, doctors’ offices and medical clinics.
The key to keeping away from infections is staying fit. People who have a well-functioning immune system are at the lowest risk of falling sick. Even if these people catch cold or flu, their symptoms are usually less severe and do not last for as long as that of an unhealthy person. The secret to good health is proper nutrition, exercise, sleep and low stress levels. What you need to do is find a way of inculcating these healthy habits into your lifestyle.
It is not really difficult to keep diseases at bay. All you need is a little determination and the right knowledge.
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