Everyone I know is looking for ways to avoid getting sick. Cold and flu season is almost upon us, and even if you get the flu shot, there’s no guarantee you’ll avoid getting sick. But there are some tried-and-true alternatives that are incredibly effective at warding off infection. What are they, and how do they work, keeping you healthy while everyone else is at home, going through box after box of Kleenex? Here are 8 ways to avoid getting ill.
1. Wash Your Hands
This may sound like a basic, but researchers have shown over and over again that the best way to avoid getting sick is to wash your hands, often and thoroughly. You don’t need special antibacterial soap, just warm water and about 1 minute of lather time. Wash every time you handle food, touch your hair, or use the restroom, and also after you come into contact with someone who’s sick and came to work anyway.