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5 daily habits to help you avoid getting sick

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure — and that’s never been more true when you consider steps you can take to prevent the spread of illness versus the cost of not being able to go to work or school if you’re sick.

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Wash your hands

Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water. Even if your hands don’t look or feel dirty, washing them frequently for at least 20 seconds helps remove any germs or viruses you may have been exposed to during the day. Remember to wash:

  • Before eating
  • After using the bathroom
  • Before touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
  • After blowing your nose or sneezing
  • Before and after changing wound dressings or bandages
  • When your hands look or feel dirty

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick

    It happens in families all the time – one person gets sick and the rest go down one by one until the whole family has been under the weather for two weeks. You can avoid the spread of illness by limiting contact with a sick person.

    Stay home if you're sick

    If you’re sick, stay home and keep sick children home from school or daycare except to receive medical care. Don’t go to work or public areas and avoid using public transportation, ride sharing, or taxis. If you don’t feel well and are wondering if you need to see a doctor.

    Cover your cough or sneeze

    A cough or a sneeze can project germs from your body into the air. If you're sick, cover your mouth with a tissue and throw the tissue into a lined trash can, or if a tissue isn’t available, cough into your elbow. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, or if soap and water aren’t available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.

    Avoid touching your face

    The average person touches their face three to five times a minute. If you have germs on your hands and you rub your eye or touch your nose, you’re potentially placing those germs in contact with your throat, lungs, and sinuses. Don’t give germs the opportunity to infiltrate your body by keeping your hands away from your face. It may take some practice and self-awareness, but it’ll be worth it.