Winter means coughs and colds every year, but this year the cold and flu season is compounded by a new virus called Covid-19. Hospitals over flow every year with flu patients during this season, and are now expected to be under greater pressure due to the addition of Covid patients.
No one wants to be ill, regardless of whether they have underlying factors that make it more dangerous. If you’re doing your best to stay healthy this year, here are a few tips to help prepare yourself so you can reduce the risk of this disease.
Be Firm About Handwashing
If you have kids, chances are you are familiar with the routine of having to ask your child to go back 5 or more times to get them to wash their hands, for longer than a second, with soap. Yet a lot of people don’t wash their hands properly at all.
You can help by being firm about handwashing for everyone in the house, and also making sure that you’re doing it right. That means not only washing your hands but your wrists as well, including under the nails and between fingers, with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Most of us are guilty of only thoroughly washing the palms of our hands, and probably not reaching 20 seconds. Keep tabs on yourself, and you’ll go a long way to cutting down the risk to yourself and others.
Start Immune Boosters Early
The point of immune boosting supplements is to help your body stay on high alert for pathogens, so that if you are exposed it can take it out before you get sick. While taking them when you are ill may help you get better faster, taking them before you get ill is best to prevent yourself from getting sick at all.
One of the best immune boosters out there is Bee Propolis. Bee Propolis is a protectant and sealant for bee hives, made by bees. It has natural anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties on its own, but is best known for its use as an immune booster. Grab a few spray bottles to spray your throat with, and you’ll be well on the way to a safer winter. Don't forget to take your daily regiment of Olive Leaf Extract as well for an extra boost of all-natural immunity!
Get Your Flu Shot
While the flu shot varies in effectiveness, it can make a big difference during the flu season. This is especially the case right now, because it’s possible for people to get both Covid-19 and Influenza at the same time. According to the CDC, this years flu shot is 45%. That’s not great, but it’s a lot better than not having any protection at all.
While you may still get a cold or flu as winter forces people to spend more time indoors and potentially spread infections easier, by following common sense practices you’ll be less likely to get sick, and have a better chance of avoiding multiple infections too. Make boosting your immune system a key focus this winter, and you may well come out the other end healthier for it.