While the cold and flu season seems like a normal part of life, this year's season will be nowhere close to normal. The coronavirus is not going anywhere soon, which means we'll be dealing with the pandemic alongside other viruses.
With the impending cold and flu season just around the corner, it’s important to be vigilant about protecting yourself—if not more this year.
Getting sick could mean time off the road and although it may seem like a common illness, it’s important to remember that the common cold and flu could now be symptoms of COVID-19 and therefore, we all need to take extra precaution.
Here are 5 tips to help reduce your chance of getting sick.
1. Get your flu shot
It’s the number one thing you can do to prevent the flu. It often takes minutes and is available at your doctor’s office or local pharmacy.
2. Wash your hands
During cold and flu season, there is no such thing as washing your hands too much. Wash them with soap and water every chance you get, especially after being around someone sick. Keep alcohol-based hand sanitizer in your truck for when a sink isn’t available. Also, get in the habit of not touching your nose and mouth to avoid spreading germs.This should be a regular habit with the onset of COVID-19, but it's even more important this year.
3. Get enough sleep
Being well rested helps your body fight off any illness. Sleep deprivation can cause your body to run down and make you more susceptible to getting the flu. Get 7-9 hours a night can ensure your immune system stays healthy.
4. Keep your surroundings clean
Doorknobs, cellphones, steering wheels, and light switches can all harbor germs. Sanitizing your surroundings daily with an alcohol-based cleaner or wipes can reduce the amount of germs you come into contact with.
5. Live a healthy lifestyle
Drinking enough water and eating vitamin-rich foods can help boost your immune system. When you are dehydrated or eating processed foods, your body can become stressed and you can become more susceptible to illness. Eating foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals, such as fruits and vegetables, can help ward off illness or reduce your time being sick if you do catch something,
No one wants to be sick, but these simple steps can ensure you and your family stay healthy this season.
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