Flu season is here. As the days get shorter and colder, we're all stuck inside and more likely to pick up influenza.
Besides making us feel completely miserable, the flu can also be life-threatening. The first line of defense is to get a flu shot. The second? Keep you and .
Here are some simple routines to cut down your risk of getting sick.
First, wash your hands
Look, you already know that the outside world is grimy, especially if you commute on public transportation or work in an office. You come in contact with all sorts of germs everyday and bring them home with you.
Even just, you're exposed to 400 times more bacteria than what you'll find on a toilet seat. Gross, right?
You should already be washing your hands often, especially during flu season. Get in the habit of washing your hands as soon as you come home -- it will go a long way to keeping you healthy.
Disinfect the most touched spots
Light switches, door knobs, TV remotes, the refrigerator handle, your. All of these high-traffic places in your home and office are touched several times a day and are likely teeming with germs.
Wipe down overlooked surfaces
When was the last time you wiped down your coffee table or nightstand? These spots get dirty, too, but aren't cleaned as often.
Aim to clean them every few days during flu season, or more often if someone at home is actively sick. A disinfecting wipe is the easiest way, but always use something that's safe for your furniture's finish.
Clean your phone
You've probably heard that cell phones can be far more germ-ridden than a toilet seat. We carry them everywhere and touch them constantly, so it's no wonder they get so gross.
at least weekly using a safe cleaner and microfiber cloth. Stay away from the harsh antibacterial cleaning wipes you would use at home. They can ruin the coatings on your phone's screen.
Instead, opt for a mix of water and rubbing alcohol or water and vinegar. Learn more about.
Wash your sheets and towels often
Are youand enough? Likely not.
If you or someone else at home is sick, it's important to wash your linens in hot water every few days to get rid of germs.
Even better, give thefor the bathroom so they are less likely to spread germs.
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