• Savannah Flournoy

Are YOU safe from getting sick this flu season?!

Updated: Feb 27

Have you heard of the Coronavirus? Well it’s coming our way, and it’s not showing any signs of stopping! Protect yourself! I’ve got some easy ways to avoid getting sick in these germ-ridden times!

OK, in all seriousness, the Coronavirus has only had a few outbreaks in the U.S. but it doesn't hurt to take some precautions to ensure that you don't catch it, or anything else. So without further adieu here's some easy ways to help prevent yourself from getting sick.

One easy way is to avoid touching stair railing. Obviously you don’t want to walk down the stairs without support, but instead of running you hands up and down the railing that hundreds of other people have touched and smeared their germs on, try covering your hand with the sleeve of your shirt or jacket. In the case that you are wearing a short sleeve shirt and or not wearing a jacket- just be sure to wash your hands before eating and avoid touching your face or any sores that might be exposed once you've touched the railing.

Speaking of hand washing, another solution to spreading germs is to wash your hands often, especially when you've just gone shopping or you socialize during flu season and you're about to go eat. If you don't wash your hands, you still have all the germs from those shirts that many other people have touched and from touching surfaces that many others have touched, now as a topping to your meal- gross. Also pets, yours or not, carry SO MANY GERMS and if you pet them then touch your face or other parts of your body you just got all of those animal germs all over yourself and in the case that you're eating, you're ingesting all of that! Yuck!

Another way that, commonly people get sick is obvious: Drinking after one another. Avoid doing this even if the person isn't sick because you are still taking in their germs from the rim of the drink. I know what you're thinking; “what if i waterfall it?”. No! The drink still has lots of backwash from the first person who drank out of it; there are more germs in the drink itself than there are on the rim of the container!

All of that is well and good but what about if I sneeze or cough and spread my germs? Well, if you need to sneeze or cough your elbow, believe it or not, is your best bet. Yup! The Mythbusters proved, while sneezing into a tissue works, it can leave snot and germs on your hands and in your pockets but sneezing into your elbow, not only stops the spray from your cough or sneeze, but it avoids leaving germs on your hands for you to spread to the next person.


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