06 Aug 7 ways to Avoid Spreading the Cold or Flu – Stop Getting Your Loved Ones Sick
You are the first line of defense when it comes to preventing your family from getting sick. By following these 7 ways to avoid spreading your cold or flu, you can help keep your family healthy any time that you’re feeling under the weather.
1. Wash your hands regularly
You’ve no doubt heard this advice before, but it’s the #1 thing you can do to help keep the people around you from getting sick. Touch is involved in almost everything we do, so it’s easy to spread germs without even realizing it, especially when you’re sick.
By washing your hands regularly, you minimize the spread of germs, which means less risk of transmission to your friends, coworkers, or family. You don’t have to use antibacterial soap; any type of soap will work.
If you have to be on the go when you’re unwell, carry hand sanitizer and use it frequently.
2. Disinfect items used by the household after touching them
Similar to #1, we can leave germs on the items we use without even realizing it. You can keep disease transmission to a minimum by wiping off any items you use with a disinfectant wipe after you’re done. This could include desks, chairs, countertops, bathroom surfaces, the TV remote, or anything else that is shared among a group of people.
If you have to go to work or school when you’re sick, carry portable disinfectant wipes with you and use them regularly throughout the day to help keep common spaces clean. Your peers will thank you!
3. Don’t share your food or drinks
Sharing food and drink is especially common in households with children, but as tempting as it may be, hold off until you are no longer contagious. When you share a drink, you’re exposing the other person to the germs present in your mouth. Although it’s perfectly safe under normal circumstances, this brief exposure can lead to getting your loved ones sick.
Fortunately, you can easily prevent spreading what’s ailing you by keeping your food and drink separate until you’re back in good health.
4. Avoid preparing meals while you are ill
While preparing a meal for your family be a part of your routine, you can help prevent spreading your cold or flu to them by taking a break from the kitchen. This is often easier said than done! For the duration of your illness, it might be a good move to opt for pre-prepared meals from the grocery store – or to have your significant other take over the kitchen for a few days!
5. Stay separate while you are contagious
This isn’t always possible at the workplace, but you can help keep your family healthy by quarantining yourself (as much as you can) when you’re at home. This might include sleeping in a separate room from your significant other, using specific blankets and sheets, or minimizing the amount of physical contact you have.
How do you know if you are contagious? It depends on what your illness is.
- For the flu: You are generally contagious one day before the onset of symptoms and up to a week after symptoms begin to show.
- For a cold: You are likely contagious 1 – 2 days before symptoms appear and can potentially be contagious for as long as you have symptoms.
6. Sneeze or cough into your elbow, not into your hands.
This tip might take some getting used to, but sneezing or coughing into your hands greatly reduces the chance of sharing your cold or flu with your peers. And, of course, there’s always the tried and true advice of washing your hands frequently if you are coughing and sneezing.
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