What Makes You Sick During Cold and Flu Season

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Think you are safer hibernating inside your home? Fresh air may be the key to keeping healthy all winter.

Think you are safer hibernating inside your home? Fresh air may be the key to keeping healthy all winter.

Sometimes washing your hands and avoiding sick people aren’t enough to keep you healthy during cold and flu season. Here are some tips to keep you out of the doctor’s office this winter:

Tip #1: Your possessions may be getting you sick.

While most of us are careful about germs in public places, we tend to take the cleanliness of our own stuff for granted. Make sure you wipe down surfaces you tend to touch like your phone or keyboard with a disinfectant.

Tip #2: Dryness air spreads germs.

Viruses love the winter because the cold, dry air makes it easier for them to stick on surfaces and spread from person to person. Keep a humidifier running while you sleep to reduce the chance of spreading germs and prevent your throat and nose from drying out.

Tip #3: Germs live in cozy homes.

It may be your first instinct to bundle up inside to keep warm and avoid the flu, but research shows that staying inside increases your chances of getting sick. Try getting outside once in a while to get some fresh air as it may be the key to keeping you healthy all through the winter.

For more tips, check out American Well’s blog post.