Nobody likes to be sick, but unfortunately it isn’t always something that you can avoid. Luckily there are some great preventative measures that you can take in order to minimize your risk of being sick – especially doing your best to stay away from others who have already gotten ill.
But what about when that sick person if a family member or loved one? In those cases, keeping your distance isn’t always possible – especially if you live together. Thankfully, however, there are still some things that you can do to hopefully keep the germs from spreading and getting you sick as well.
When you can’t help but spend time around someone who isn’t feeling well, here are some great tips for staying healthy:
Wash Your Hands
The absolute best way to keep yourself healthy when you’re around sick people is to practice effective handwashing procedures. Whenever you can, take a minute and wash your hands using both soap and warm water in order to ward off any germs that may be lurking. You should also wash your hands after any time that you directly interact with the sick person or the items they’ve been in contact with.
Is it the flu that has your family down? If so, you may be better off scheduling to get a flu vaccination. Flu vaccines aren’t right for everyone, but if you can’t afford to get sick (or if your family can’t afford for you to) you may be better off biting the bullet and getting the shot.
Keep Things Clean
Germs can linger all over common household items, so when you’re living with a sick person you need to work extra diligently to keep things clean. This includes the frequent washing of sheets and betting, spraying down countertops and other surfaces where germs can harbor with a disinfectant spray, and make sure to shower on a regular basis.
This one should be a no brainer, but you would be surprised at how often healthy people share cups, silverware, and other items with someone who is sick. There probably isn’t any faster way to catch the illness yourself, so make sure that you take a few minutes and think before choosing to share something with your loved one while they’re sick.
Being on a cooped up space with a sick person is no good – it allows the germs to become airborne and spread all throughout your home or office’s ventilation system. In order to reduce the chances of you (or others) getting sick as well, make sure to open windows and doors wherever possible in order to maximize fresh air and ventilation.
When you’re sick, doctors always tell you to stay hydrated – but the same thing applies to anyone who is trying to stay healthy. A well hydrated body is better equipped to fight off bacterial or viral attacks, so if you want to make sure that you avoid getting sick, you need to proactively take care of your body by upping your intake of water or other hydrating fluids.