Hello Loyal Soup People! Cold and flu season is officially upon us! As someone who is currently living with someone who has a nasty cold, I thought I’d share a few tips on how to avoid getting sick yourself. I’ve been following these tips myself and… so far so good!
First, the bad news. Cold viruses spread very easily. The germs can live for a long time (24 hours!) on all types of surfaces – tables, door knobs, computers, TV remote controls, etc.. All you need to do is touch a contaminated surface and scratch your nose and… voila. You’re sick!
The most obvious way to avoid getting sick is to keep your hands away from your mouth, nose, ears, and eyes. Unfortunately, we very frequently rub our eyes or scratch our nose without thinking. Which brings me to option two – keep clean hands. Wash your hands thoroughly as often as possible. I’m not talking about a quick rinse. I mean scrub your hands vigorously for at least twenty seconds with soap. I recommend carrying some hand lotion around with you because washing your hands a lot can make them dry out.
Also, be sure to clean shared surfaces as often as possible. I’ve personally been cleaning all door knobs, refrigerator handles, utensil drawers, the dishwasher, and more many times each day. That’s another way to prevent the cold virus from getting onto your hands.
You should, of course, try to boost your general immunity to help your body fight off any cold viruses. Get proper sleep and exercise, stay hydrated, and eat a lot of plant-based food. Give your body the tools it needs to keep you healthy all winter long.