Monday, November 1, 2004

  1. Wash your hands frequently. Keep your hands away from your nose, eyes, and mouth unless you have just washed them. If you are not able to wash your hands, use an antiseptic towelette to cleanse them.
  2. Drink plenty of water (do not refill disposable water bottles). Water keeps mucous membranes moist and working to defend your body. Run a vaporizer in your room while the heat is on.
  3. Reduce stress. Studies have shown that those with higher levels of stress are more vulnerable to illness.
  4. Don't smoke. Smoking paralyzes the cilia (tiny hairs that line the respiratory tract), which are your first line of defense against viruses and bacteria.
  5. Keep surfaces clean. The flu virus can live for hours on inanimate objects. Clean commonly used surfaces such as keyboards, door knobs, etc. with disinfectant wipes.
  6. Observe cough etiquette. Don't cough into your hands, use disposable tissues. If a disposable tissue is not available, cough into your sleeve.
  7. Exercise regularly. Exercise helps to keep your immune system strong.
  8. Eat a well-balanced diet and take a multi-vitamin if you think you might not be getting all the essential nutrients. Breakfast is an important meal.
  9. Get enough sleep. Sleep helps to keep your immune system strong.
  10. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.