During the winter months, there is more crowding, touching and a much higher chance to spread germs around. Air travel also spreads viruses around the country and flu season reaches its height in late fall and early winter. This is because viruses circulate better in colder weather. Here are some tips to stay healthy during the holiday season.
Wash your hands often
Keeping your hands clean is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Wash your hands with soap and clean running water, and rub them together for at least 20 seconds.
Wipe Away Germs
Before you settle in for a flight, train ride or bus ride, run disinfecting wipes over the armrests, tray tables and seat buckle. This will help prevent you from picking up germs others have left behind.
Being enclosed in an air plane or a car can make the spread of viruses much easier. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone older than six months old be vaccinated for influenza. Getting a flu vaccine will reduce you chance of getting sick.
Get Fresh Air
People can sometimes get less fresh air during the winter months because they would like to avoid the cold weather. This allows viruses to easily spread in an enclosed area. It is recommended to occasionally open a window to let fresh air circulate.