Winter Sickness: Common Cold

Winter Sickness: Common Cold

sick man - common coldIt’s that time of year again – Common Cold season. It’s no fun to be sick during the holidays, but there are some easy ways to protect yourself and your family from the dreaded Cold. The CDC recommends these 3 simple steps to keep you well for all the holiday parties and family gatherings.

How to Protect Yourself and Others

You can help reduce your risk of getting a cold:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water
    Scrub them for 20 seconds, and help young children do the same. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Viruses live on your hands, and regular handwashing can help protect you from getting sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
    Viruses can enter your body this way and make you sick.
  • Stay away from people who are sick
    Sick people can spread viruses that cause the common cold through close contact with others.

For more information on the Common Cold (RhinoVirus), visit the CDC’s Common Cold page.