Washing your hands is one of the best ways to avoid catching the flu this winter. But there are other things you can do to help protect yourself. (And you got that flu shot, right? If not, there’s still time for it to help protect you this season. But get a move on!)
■ Avoid touching your face, unless you have clean hands. The eyes, nose and mouth are entry ports for flu viruses.
■ Cover your mouth with a disposable tissue when coughing and sneezing. Dispose of tissues and wash your hands immediately.
■ Avoid sharing objects (cups, utensils, etc.). Wipe down shared equipment such as phones and keyboards.
■ Get enough sleep and manage your stress. Lack of sleep and high levels of stress can reduce immune system functioning, thus lowering the body’s ability to fend off colds and flu.
■ Drink more water. You may not feel as thirsty during fall and winter, but it’s important to make sure you don’t get dehydrated. Consume at least eight glasses a day.
— Source: University of California, Berkeley