We’re at the peak of flu season. Here are four ways you might be putting yourself at risk without even realizing it . . .
- Washing your hands incorrectly. Washing your hands is one of the best defenses against the flu . . . but you’ve gotta do it right. That means washing with soap and warm water for 20 seconds or more.
And even though that doesn’t SOUND like a long time, less than half of people actually do it. One way to keep yourself accountable is to sing “Happy Birthday”in your head twice while washing your hands . . . that should get you close to 20 seconds.
- Relying on antibacterial hand gel. First, check the ingredients in your hand sanitizer . . . it should contain 60% to 95% alcohol, ethanol, or isopropanol, to work best. And it doesn’t replace old-fashioned hand-washing, which is always better.
- Hitting the gym. It’s true that exercising DOES keep your immune system strong against the flu. But the gym is also a great place to pick up viruses, like from the sweaty treadmill, weight benches, and the locker room.
- Worrying too much. Just worrying about getting sick can weaken your immune system and make you more likely to get sick. So try to keep things in perspective. (Health)