The Easiest Way to Prevent Getting Sick at the Holidays

Nobody wants to get sick around the holidays but it’s one of the most common times of the year to fall ill. Germs are everywhere whether visiting family has brought them from out of state or your coworker didn’t prepare their potluck dish with as much attentiveness as they should have. The easiest way to avoid getting sick is to go back to the basics. Wash your hands regularly with soap! 

Almost everybody doesn’t wash their hands as much as they should but it’s important after any activity in which your body comes into contact with something dirty. Sometimes just taking the garbage out and holding the bag’s handles can be enough to get you sick. 

Proper handwashing procedure involves running your hands under warm water and then scrubbing them with soap. Afterwards, you should rinse your hands and dry them. If you don’t have access to water, then hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol is also effective in killing germs. 

Keeping your hands clean is important not just to prevent the transmission of germs but also because your hands spend so much time close to your face. Germs can enter through your eyes or nose if you rub either. To go the extra mile after hand washing, do your best to keep your hands away from your face. 

If you do get sick this holiday season, please don’t hesitate to reach out to UNI Urgent Care at any of our six convenient locations. Our trained doctors will create the best possible treatment plan for you in order to get you healthy as quickly as possible. UNI Urgent Care doctors can also help you tell the difference between something common and something that may indicate a more serious underlying issue.