It's very common for people to get sick during the fall. This increase in colds and flu can be due to several reasons, such as kids going back to school and being exposed to new germs, as well as the weather being the perfect temperature for germs to reproduce. The good news is that there are things you can do to decrease your risk of getting sick:
- Avoid close contact with people that are sick
- Wash your hands regularly and carry hand sanitizer
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
- Regularly clean and disinfect surfaces or objects that come in contact with germs
- Stay up to date on all your vaccines, including the flu shot every year!
If you do get sick, consider doing the following:
- Stay home from work or school to prevent further spread of the sickness.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Get plenty of rest.
- Drink fluids.
- Over-the-counter medications can help with symptoms, but it will not make the virus go away any faster. Make sure you read all directions and check with your doctor or pharmacist before using.
- See a doctor if you have a temperature over 100oF, have symptoms for more than 10 days, or symptoms worsen overtime.
For more information, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/features/rhinoviruses/index.html or https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/stopgerms.htm