Tis the season for…Achoo! …Cold and Flu Season.
Knock on wood. No one here has contracted any viruses despite the numerous times we’ve interacted with people or shopped in the last few weeks.
The flu virus can survive up to 24 hours on hard surfaces. That might not seem like a long time but think of all the things you touch in a 24 hour period. Door knobs, faucets, cell phones, appliances, tv remotes, bed linens and counter tops. And that’s just in your home.
What about all the things other people have touched at the office, the store, restaurants and movie theaters? Think of every door handle, hand rail, and money that exchanges hands. It’s enough to keep you paranoid if you think about it.
To me, it’s always felt like roulette. You just never know when you’ll come across a virus or bug that will hitch a ride on your hands. In the past few weeks I’ve been around way more people than usual. I’ve been in a lot more stores and other people’s homes. People have been in my home too.
We all know the obvious tips to stay healthy–washing our hands, but what other stopgaps can we use?
• Alcohol: I should buy stock in alcohol, the rubbing kind, not the drinking kind. I keep a bottle in the kitchen and in my bathrooms. Whenever guests leave, I do a thorough wash with alcohol on every touchable surface.
• Avoid people: Easier said than done, but if you’re in a region that has been hit with an epidemic, it’s safer to ride it out at home. If you must go out for work or school, wash your hands often. Don’t be embarrassed to wear a dust mask, especially if you have to negotiate through large crowds. Your health comes first.
• Antibacterial towelettes: I keep these in my purse and in my car. If I go shopping and then stop for lunch somewhere, I’ll either wash my hands or use one of these towelettes before I chow down.
What if you contract the plague despite your best efforts?
I can personally recommend Oscillococcinum. My body has a bad habit of NOT cooperating with most over-the-counter drugs. But this one works. It’s been great at keeping flu symptoms manageable. I swear by this one.
Another good product on the market is Emergen C.
The last product I can recommend is Echinachea. I don’t know one brand from another, but I’ve always used Nature’s Bounty with good results.
It’s easy to get sick, but hand washing and alcohol can fight off a lot of ills.
Stay well, and stay warm…unless you’re in Australia, in which case, stay cool. 🙂