You forget that germs are everywhere
As much as possible, avoid touching surfaces that might be contaminated with viruses or bacteria, recommends Helen Ewing, PhD, dean of nursing at Carrington College in Mesa, AZ. She points out that heavy use surfaces include elevator buttons, grocery cart handles, cell phones, and gas pumps. Areas where you’re more likely to be exposed include public restrooms, public transportation, fitness centers, and schools. “Essentially anywhere there are large groups of people who may spread infections,” she says. As much as possible, wear gloves when in public settings. Make sure you’re up-to-date on your flu knowledge with this information.
You don’t wash your hands frequently
Because viruses and bacteria can linger everywhere, you have to be vigilant about keeping your hands clean, warns Dr. Ewing. Washing your hands frequently with soap and water is the best technique, but if washing facilities are not available, a hand sanitizer like Purell can work. Just make sure you aren’t committing any of these common hand-washing mistakes.
You fail to take caution while traveling
Airplanes and hotels challenge your immunity because you’re exposed to more pollutants and infectious organisms. Bring sanitizing wipes to clean tray tables, seats, and armrests on airplanes. According to an article in Conde Nast Traveler, the remote control, desk, and phone in hotel rooms can expose you to germs. The article recommends alcohol wipes for these surfaces and regular hand washing to help reduce your risk of getting sick. And try these 10 habits doctors use to avoid the cold and flu.