As I write this, I am sitting next to one colleague who, sniffing and coughing, apparently has both a sinus infection and possibly strep throat, I was just working with another colleague who had the stomache flu this past weekend and I spent the last hour helping customers with varying degrees of illness.
Germs. Some are good, even necessary, but many are the cause of our cold-weather illnesses as we all spend more time indoors breathing the same air and touching the same things.
Challenging Skill-Testing Question:
What is the best way to keep healthy during the winter months?
- Get a good sleep every night.
- Take extra Vitamin C every day.
- Wash your hands, often.
- Avoid contact with any other person or anything another person may have touched or breathed upon.
If you answered 3, you are correct.
Most of us now know that washing our hands well and often both prevents the spread of germs. Yet, many of us can be lazy about handwashing, either by not taking the time to do it properly or by not doing it often enough. If you're not sure you're washing your hands properly, check out the Lung Association diagram above, or some of the links below:
And if you're just completely fascinated with the topic of germs and bacteria in relation to human health, you may want to check a wonderful new book called The Germ Code: how to stop worrying and love the microbes by Ottawa author Jason Tetro (aka "the germ guy") who looks in entertaining (and sometimes horrifying) detail at the relationship between humans and germs.
One word of caution: you may not want to read the book right before eating dinner.