15 Ways to Avoid Getting Sick

There’s nothing that will ruin a beautiful crisp, cool day faster than the tickle at the back of your throat that heralds the oncoming of a common cold. A cold can knock you on your back and make you feel like you’re a relentlessly dripping nasal faucet.

While there are plenty of medications out there that advertise their ability to quickly cure a cold or flu, there’s no medication better than prevention. It’s way easier to stay on top of your health so you don’t get sick in the first place than it is to cure a cold or flu once you’ve succumbed.

Here are a few tips for staying healthy this fall and winter:

Avoid close contact with people who are already sick

This is the easiest way to stay healthy: just stay away from people that are already sick. Cold and flu germs are easily transferred through particles in the air, and by touch. It doesn’t even have to be direct contact — people who are already infected with the influenza virus can spread it to people up to 6 feet away.

If you’ve had someone in your home who is sick already, make sure to disinfect anything they’ve had contact with. Maybe just wait until after they’ve left, if you want to be polite.

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Stay home from work if you start experiencing symptoms of cold or flu

Next time you’re feeling bad about not going in to work because of a cold or flu, think of all your coworkers who pass within 6 feet of your desk in a single day – remember, that’s the distance at which a person with influenza can infect another person — and congratulate yourself for not passing on your illness to them.

Even if you’re not sure if you’ve got a full-blown cold, it’s easier to take really good care of yourself for a day than it is to spend another week dealing with your cold once you already have it. Take your sick days. You deserve them!

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Drink plenty of water

Keeping yourself hydrated, especially when you’re sick, is extremely important. While you’re sick, your body is working overtime to fight the infection, so the least you can do to be of assistance is to keep it well hydrated with plenty of water.

Plain water is good for you, but you can make it even better with a few additions. Some people find that hot water with honey and lemon will help soothe an irritated throat and clear out mucus, in addition to the hydration benefits. Give it a try!

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