(CNN) – With little ones going back to school and the flu and cold season just around the corner, it’s a perfect time to start practicing good health habits to keep germs away.
Germs, colds, and viruses like the flu are getting ready to descend on your family and you need to be prepared. What are some of the best ways to avoid getting sick this winter? Here are a few tips.
- Beware of close contact – try to give people their space. A lot of germs can be transferred from person to person just by breathing on each other.
- Stay at home when you fall ill. This goes without saying. You may feel ok, but you can pass germs to others at school and work if you are still contagious.
- When you cough, cover your mouth and nose. Some health experts say the best way to avoid transferring germs is to sneeze or cough into your elbow. That way you won’t spread anything with your hands.
- Avoid touching your eyes, mouth or nose. Germs are often spread when someone touches something that is contaminated and then touches these areas of the face which are traditionally moist.
- Clean your hands. This is the number one way to protect against nasty germs. Soap and water does the trick, but if you have and alcohol-based hand sanitizer that can work in a pinch.