Winter is on the horizon, and while there’s a lot to enjoy about this time of the year, you’ll find that it’s a time when people often get sick. Illnesses can spread very quickly when the weather gets colder, especially if you work in an office environment. Of course, COVID-19 will be a concern as we head into the colder months, but there are also many other illnesses that can quickly spread during this time of year. You’ll want to avoid getting sick, particularly if you or someone that you’re close to is vulnerable, so what can you do? Here are a few tips that should help.
First, you should make sure that you’re vaccinated. Vaccines are a highly effective way to protect yourself against illnesses that can circulate at this time of the year, including COVID-19 and flu. In addition to these airborne illnesses, you should make sure that you’re protected against other illnesses too.
Contagious diseases like chickenpox can also spread during the colder months because people spend more time indoors in close quarters. Most people only get chickenpox once, but it’s a horrible illness to suffer from. Therefore, if you haven’t had your chickenpox vaccine and have never been ill with it, then this is one vaccine that you’ll want to get sooner rather than later.
Work From Home If You Can
Colds, flu, COVID-19, and other illnesses can spread like wildfire through an office during the winter months. Many businesses are now operating a hybrid work model, so it’s a good idea to work from home as much as you can during the winter (especially if there are illnesses circulating). Additionally, if you feel that you’re coming down with something, it’s best to stay at home (you’ll be doing everyone a favor).
Boost Your Immune System
You’ll want a strong immune system heading into the winter months so you can fight off illnesses. There are many ways that you can boost your immune system, such as:
- Regular exercise
- Eating well
- Getting enough sleep and rest
- Stress management
- Staying hydrated
Avoid Contact With Sick People
It isn’t always easy, but avoiding sick people will always help you to avoid falling ill. If you must be in contact with a sick person, you should wear a mask, maintain a safe distance, and wash your hands afterward.
Practice Good Hygiene
Following this, you should make a concerted effort to practice good hygiene during the winter months. You should wash your hands before eating, when coming into contact with foreign objects (especially in public areas), and after using the bathroom. Wearing a mask in public areas is also smart and will help to prevent the spread of various illnesses. You should also keep an eye on COVID-19 levels and follow any recommended guidance that emerges.
Hopefully, the advice in this post will help you to avoid getting ill this winter. It isn’t always easy, especially when many illnesses thrive in the winter months, but knowing how to stay safe can make a big difference.