Cold and flu season is upon us once more; while COVID is still hanging around, that complicates things, too. You, like millions of other Americans, are probably wondering what steps you can take to avoid getting sick this winter. Now, we’re all pretty familiar with common prevention techniques, but let’s take a look at the top five tips that you can use to keep your family and yourself healthy this holiday season.

How to Stay Healthy During the Winter Months

Tip #1: Wash Your Hands Frequently, Even at Home

While airborne transmission makes up a large portion of viral and bacterial transfer, the other main transmission method is through touching contaminated surfaces. Washing your hands frequently ensures that your body will be less likely to be exposed to contaminants in this way. Keep in mind that hand sanitizer works well, but it’s not 100% effective on its own.

Tip #2: Wear a Mask if You Go Out

Now, we know there’s conflicting information about whether or not masks can completely prevent the spread of viruses; however, even if they are moderately effective, they can help you avoid getting sick. On their own, masks may not keep you from getting sick, but combined with other health-promoting methods, you will be nearly invincible.

Tip #3: Boost Your Immune System Naturally

Improving the immune system for winter can take a few forms, and will ultimately depend on how healthy you are on a daily basis. For example, an individual that eats a healthy diet on a regular basis may not need to supplement as heavily as someone who eats an unhealthy diet. Generally speaking, vitamins D and C and Zinc are good supplements to take to help boost your immune system. You can also eat fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds that are high in these nutrients for a similar (and perhaps more potent) effect.

Tip #4: Drink Plenty of Fluids

Our bodies need more water each day than we realize. An average of 64-80 ounces is recommended per person, per day. If you’re getting less than this on a daily basis, you’re already putting your body at an immunological disadvantage. Drink plenty of water, and consume electrolyte-balanced drinks above and beyond the daily recommendation; your body will thank you.

Tip #5: Consider Getting Your Shots

As a healthcare practice, we (like the CDC) highly recommend that you get both your flu and COVID vaccine. We ask that you merely consider who you will be around this winter and whether you or any of them are at high risk for developing complications from the flu or COVID. The choice is ultimately yours, but know that your decisions do affect others.

 

The team at Rosetta Radiology sincerely hopes that these five winter health tips will help you stay healthy this holiday season. Remember to also get tested for COVID-19 if you experience any of its symptoms; even if you’ve been vaccinated, you can still spread the virus. If you do get sick, inform others that you have been in contact with and stay home to prevent spreading your illness一 even if it’s just a cold. No one likes being sick!