Are you curious about preventing common colds just like we are? Keep reading because we have some great information that you will want to hear.
Itâ€™s getting close to that time of year again. Kids are going back to school, fall is right around the corner, and the germ scene is in FULL bloom.
The big question is, â€œhow do I prevent my child and myself from catching the common cold?â€
We have a few tricks that youâ€™ll never want to go back to your old ways!
Arguably the most common illness in humans is the common cold. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is also one of the most common causes of work and school absenteeism, with up to 22 million school days lost each year in the U.S. Colds are caused by viral infections. Over 200 different viruses can cause cold symptoms of varying severity.
Viruses that cause colds are spread from person to person through tiny droplets of mucus that enter the air from the nasal passages of infected persons and are inhaled by others.
Colds can also be spread by touching surfaces that have been contaminated by contact with infected persons and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.
#1. Wash your hands
- Make sure to wash your hands after shopping, going to the gym, or spending time in public places.
- Carry a small tube of hand sanitizer or sanitizing hand wipes when visiting public places.
- Teach your children the importance of hand washing too.
#2. Donâ€™t touch your face
- That means donâ€™t touch your nose, mouth, and eye areas, if you are around someone with a cold or have been touching surfaces in a public area.
#3. Stop Smoking
- Smoke can irritate the airways and increase susceptibility to colds and other infections.
#4. Keep surfaces at home clean
- Door knobs, drawer pulls, keyboards, light switches, telephones, remote controls, countertops, and sinks can all harbor viruses for hours after their use by an infected person.
- Wipe these surfaces frequently with soap and water or a disinfectant solution.
#5. Choose paper towels
- Use paper towels in the kitchen and bathroom for hand washing.
- Germs can live for several hours on cloth towels.
#6. Handle Stress
- Studies have shown that people experiencing emotional stress have weakened immune systems and are more likely to catch a cold than their calmer counterparts.
Most people have probably heard these steps before, but how many people actually put them into play?
Itâ€™s always easier said than done, right?
Take control of your health as you head into the fall season and prevent the common cold for entering your household.