10 Ways to Avoid Getting Sick this Winter

Woman having a cold

Everyone coughs and sniffs, it is very difficult not to get sick. But there are certain things you can do to avoid getting a cold. These 10 tips will help you!

As soon as it gets cold and wet again outside, people start coughing and sniffing all over again. If you think that you can’t defend yourself against an infection anyway, you are wrong. There are certain things you can do to prevent a cold. These 10 tips will help you!

1. Don’t forget the thumbs when washing your hands

Hard to believe, but true: Many people forget when washing their hands that their thumbs also need to be thoroughly cleaned with soap. We use our thumbs all the time, for example, to operate the smartphone. And its display has been proven to be an enormous source of bacteria.

2. Do not put bags on the floor

Especially in public places, you should never put bags or backpacks on the floor if possible – especially not in toilet facilities. Because there are countless none on the floor, which you then drag home with you and perhaps distribute on the table or work surface when you put the bag there. It’s best to hang bags, backpacks, and the like on a hook or place them on a free chair. If this is not possible, the bag should be washed regularly.

3. Separate toothbrushes

Our oral flora contains a large number of bacteria. But also germs that cause colds make themselves comfortable on the mucous membrane of the mouth and then get stuck on the toothbrush. Therefore, used toothbrushes should be stored separately – especially if someone in the house is already sick.

4. Disinfect all drawer handles

Most people think of disinfecting door handles. But there are many more handles and knobs in the house that also need to be cleaned. These include those on drawers or cupboards, for example. Normally, it is sufficient to wipe them down about once a week. If a member of the family has a cold, all handles should preferably be cleaned daily.

5. Leave your shoes in front of the door

Our shoes go with us everywhere – unfortunately also through puddles and dirt. Accordingly, a lot of germs stick to the sole, which we then carry into the house and thus onto carpets and co. This is a real germ trap, especially for babies and toddlers who still slide and crawl on the floor.

6. Do not eat your lunch at your desk

Quite apart from the fact that a break should not be spent at the workplace anyway, it is also unwise to eat there. Microbiologists warn that the classic office workplace can be up to 100 times more contaminated with germs than a toilet seat. Therefore: It is better to eat in the break room or outside and to wipe your own workplace with a disinfectant from time to time.

7. Do not take your cell phone into the bathroom

This is probably something that the gentlemen will probably not like to hear, but: The smartphone should not be taken to the toilet. The probability that it will be contaminated with fecal germs afterward is quite high. In order to clean the display of the smartphone, it is best to wipe it with a disinfecting cloth every few days.

8. Always have some yogurt in the fridge

A Canadian study shows that probiotics, such as those found in yogurt, can help prevent upper respiratory tract infections. Ideally, it should be eaten together with dark berries, such as blueberries, which also boost the immune system.

9. Change bed linen at least every two weeks

Yes, it is annoying to constantly wash bed linen, towels, and co., but especially in the cold season, you should not do without it. Because germs and bacteria feel very comfortable in it and can easily migrate from you to your partner and back! That’s why bed linen should be washed at least every fortnight, or even better every week. Important: The pathogens only die off at 60 degrees.

10. Care for humid air

Dry air also dries out our mucous membranes and makes it easier for viruses and bacteria to settle. To prevent this, the humidity should be around 35 to 55 percent. To achieve this, it helps, on the one hand, to open all windows completely three times a day for about five minutes and to ventilate them intermittently, and on the other hand to attach so-called humidifiers to the heating system. These are available in every hardware store. Alternatively, a small bowl of water can be placed on the heater. However, the water should be changed regularly.

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