December 14, 2011

Gesundheit: Avoid Germs!

It's never fun getting a cold or the flu. And let's face it, people like me -- with Parkinson's and prostate cancer -- have more important worries!  :)

It's even worse getting sick at THIS time of year, when we're more likely to have special events to attend with families and friends. Unfortunately, this is also the season when germs seem especially nasty, and when we're most susceptible.

There's now more info online about germs than we could read in a lifetime. Here are just a few tips that looked interesting to me:

Eight Ways to Avoid Germs (from NewsMax.com)
  • Don't touch the first floor elevator button
  • Avoid those dangerous shopping cart handles
  • Watch escalator handrails
  • Use the first toilet (it's the least often used)
  • Avoid that office coffee pot
  • Watch for kitchen germs on sponges, dishcloths, etc.
  • Clean your desk (it's probably dirtier than a toilet)
  • Avoid kissing and shaking hands
Details at Eight Ways to Avoid Germs

Holiday Tips to Avoid Germs at the Mall (from empowerHER.com)
  • Get a flu shot
  • Avoid sickly people
  • Be careful and quick in public restrooms
  • Avoid escalator handrails (but don't fall!)
  • Think before you touch
  • Keep hands away from your face
  • Take hand sanitizer with you
Details at Avoid germs at the mall

Staying Healthy When You Fly (from ABC News)
  • Ask for another seat if the person next to you is sneezing or coughing
  • Bring along a face mask
  • Bring alcohol-based hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial wipes
  • Bring your own pillow and blanket
  • Drink bottled water
Details at Stay healthy aloft

Protect Yourself from Germs at the Gym (from About.com)
  • Bring your own towels and mat
  • Get out of your sweaty clothes
  • Clean the gym equipment before and after use
  • Keep your feet covered
  • Keep your gym bag clean
  • Stay home if you're sick
Details at Germs at the gym

Proper Etiquette for the Contagious Cold (from EverydayHealth.com)
  • Sneeze into the bend of your elbow, not into your hand
  • Wash or sanitize hands frequently
  • Warn others that you're just getting over the flu
  • Stay home if you're not feeling well
Details at Proper etiquette for the contagious cold

Preventing the Flu Generally (from the Centers for Disease Control)

  • Avoid close contact
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your nose and mouth
  • Clean your hands
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
  • Practice other good health habits
Details at Prevent the flu

I wish you happy, healthy holidays!

2 comments:

Ashley M said...

Some interesting cautionary notes I've never seen before.   Love the bullet points!   Thank you.

Gedunk4 said...

I stuck to most of the cautionary suggestion and still got the virus...really think it's a yearly thing or maybe 52 degrees the 2nd week of december not right....mother nature all screwed up.

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