The person to your left just sneezed, the person walking behind you coughed, and the office tissue box never seems to have enough tissues. While this might not be an endemic, you should consider yourself and your health and all the people you are exposed to on a daily basis.
Winter is when a lot of people get sick. A LOT. The colder temperatures encourages people to stay inside more, and when more people stay inside more often, buildings become incubators for disease.
Stay healthy this season by heeding to a few simple steps. You wouldn't want to miss a festive party because you're clammy and sniffling at home.
1. Wash your hands.
This is something you should already be doing before eating a meal and after using the restroom. (I REALLY HOPE you are already doing this step.) But maybe it's time to squeeze washing your hands in a few more times during the day, ESPECIALLY after touching something that has been touched by many. An example of this? A door handle. A shared keyboard, mouse, printed document. A fridge in the break room. If it's public, then it's been exposed.
2. Wear proper clothing.
It's cold outside. Make sure you dress appropriately for all sorts of weather. You don't want your body to use energy to warm you up. Don't distract your immune system by wearing socks that are too thin or choosing to not wear a hat or earmuffs solely for that reason that it will mess up your hair.
3. If you have to cough/sneeze...
Do not be part of the problem. If you have a slight cough or a sneeze, DO NOT SNEEZE AT OTHERS. There is nothing more rude than saying "Happy holidays" and then giving the gift of sickness. I bet that an illness was definitely not on their Christmas list this year, so don't act as Sick Santa and give them one.
Clean more than usual. If you never clean at all, then you have been warned. With all the coughing and sneezing and touching and sheer breathing, germs are everywhere. A cleaner space will allow for an overall healthier environment.
5. Eat healthily
Because it's the holiday season, you are more than welcome to eat any arrangement of pies, cakes, and chocolates you want... within reason. Don't sacrifice good health and good eating options entirely. Your body needs the fruits, vegetables, proteins, etc. If you deprive yourself of that, then have fun depriving yourself of good health during the season.
These steps are advice for overall good health in general, but please be more aware especially during this time of year. 'Tis the season for fun and good cheer, and you don't want to miss that because 'tis the season for sickness as well.
Take care and enjoy your holiday.
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