With kids going back to school, it’s time to talk about ways to prevent colds and flu. Germs are most often spread from person to person contact. Germs can be spread through inanimate surfaces such as keyboards to our hand and then from our hand to our mouth, etc.. Some germs can live on dry surfaces for several hours and moist surfaces up to three days! When people cough or sneeze, germs can fly everywhere.
The two most important ways to prevent colds and flu are hand washing and cleaning surfaces in the home and office. Hand washing is the best strategy for keeping germs from getting inside your body. You should do it often and thoroughly. First wash your hands and then add soap. Rub vigorously for 20 seconds. Make sure to rub your wrists, between your fingers and under the fingernails. Rinse all the soap off and use a clean paper towel or air blower if possible.
Cleaning your home and office can also help you stay healthy. You can’t see disease-causing germs. Cleaning with proper disinfecting reduces the spread of disease. Cleaning products remove dirt and food particles where microorganisms can grow, and disinfectants actually kill the germs. Cleaning can also help control allergies and asthma.