Prevent Spreading Germs this Winter
Winter time can be an exciting time of year, but it is also the season of respiratory illnesses like the cold or flu. Many of the seasonal illnesses are passed from person to person through germs from food or contact, which is why it is very important to try to protect yourself by practicing good hygiene. The best way to prevent the flu is to get your annual flu shot. Even if you do get the flu after getting your flu shot, you will be less likely to spread it since you’ve had the vaccine and you’ll recover faster.
Regular hand washing is also a very important part of stopping the spread of germs. Remember to wash your hands thoroughly after coughing or sneezing, visiting the restroom, shopping, or spending time with others. Any time you need to cough or sneeze, cover your mouth completely within your elbow to help keep your hands germ-free.
Norovirus, a gastrointestinal virus generally referred to as a stomach bug, can also be common during this time of year and leads to nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and fever. If you do get sick— especially if you have a high fever or other flu-like symptoms—please stay at home. If you are experiencing symptoms of the flu, schedule an appointment with your primary care doctor or go to urgent care as soon as possible.
About Our Expert
Dr. Cynthia Snider is an infectious disease specialist at the Cone Health’s Regional Center for Infectious Disease.