No one wants to get sick
So you’re getting your flu shot and carrying around some wipes to keep you hands clean. But you have a sneaking suspicion that won’t be enough to keep you healthy this winter. You could be right—so put these expert tips to use and give yourself even more of an advantage against the winter’s viruses.
Go for a fist bump
The next time someone approaches you with palm outstretched, try a fist bump or air kiss instead. “Shaking hands may be a social expectation, but it is also an excellent method of transferring germs from one person to another,” says J.D. Zipkin, MD, at GoHealth Urgent Care. That’s why Harvard Medical School alternately suggests a fist bump, which in a study transferred 90% fewer germs than a handshake.”While avoiding a handshake is not always socially feasible, hand-washing afterward will kill any germs you picked up,” Dr. Zipkin says. In addition, if you can’t avoid the handshake, don’t touch your face afterward to prevent germs on your hands from migrating to your nose and mouth. Find out the clear signs a cold is coming.