6 Ways You Can Stop Spreading Germs

As temperatures drop, the spread of cold and flu germs rises. We haven’t had too much snow here in Wisconsin, but it has been cold. That your “car won’t start” cold.  These lower temperatures have me working extra hard to keep my family from getting sick.  Like everyone else I want to start the year off healthy and get rid of lingering germs.

ways to stop spreading germs

These tips from the experts at Clorox can help you prevent the spread of germs:

  • Get Vaccinated. Even though it’s well into cold and flu season, it’s still important to get a flu shot if you haven’t already. Vaccination is the first step in flu prevention. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend a yearly flu virus vaccination – even if the vaccine’s efficacy fluctuates – for almost everyone 6 months and older.
  • Keep Hands Washed: Hands touch so many things throughout the day. It’s important to wash your hands often, including after using the bathroom and before preparing or serving food. Germs can spread by touching your eyes, nose or mouth after coming in contact with a contaminated surface. Those areas are common entry points to the body for germs, so try not to touch your face or eat until you wash your hands.
  • Stay Home if You’re Sick: Even though you may not want to miss work or school, it’s important to stay home to prevent the spread of illnesses to those around you. Even at home, make sure to cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue to prevent the spread of germs to your loved ones. Lastly, try your best to make good use of your time off from work or school to rest, relax, eat well and recover from illnesses.
  • Follow Health Guidelines: It’s important to eat right (fill up with fresh fruit and veggies, vitamin D and probiotics), get some exercise (at least 30 minutes a day of moderate intensity) and get plenty of sleep (at least 8 hours per night) to help boost your body’s ability to fight the effects of cold and flu viruses.fresh fruit
  • Be Aware of Your Environment: Be aware of illnesses going around in your community to take extra precautions to avoid them or to know when to seek medical attention if you do get sick.
  • Disinfect Hard Surfaces: Disinfection is a key step to help prevent the spread of cold and flu germs. The CDC recommends disinfecting frequently touched, hard surfaces, such as doorknobs, refrigerator handles, light switches and faucets, with an EPA-registered disinfectant like Clorox Disinfecting Wipes. They help kill 99.9 percent of germs that can live for up to 48 hours on hard, non-porous surfaces.

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  • Reply Janet W.

    Keeping your hands washed is so important during this sick time of year! I wash my hands frequently to prevent germs.

    January 4, 2018 at 7:41 am
  • Reply Lyndsey R.

    Did you know they (a doctor at a hospital told me) are saying this year that the flu vaccine is only 10% effective? That seems so crazy! I wish more people would stay home when they are sick, that is great advice.

    January 4, 2018 at 10:57 am
  • Reply Christina A.

    Thanks for the tips! I am all about the healthy eating tip–you can really prevent so much sickness with that alone!

    January 5, 2018 at 2:12 pm
  • Reply shelly peterson

    Thanks for sharing this great information. Its important in making sure the kids are washing their hands.

    January 5, 2018 at 2:32 pm
  • Reply Yona Williams

    My Mom keeps telling me to get my flu shot, but I feel nervous about that shot.

    January 5, 2018 at 7:57 pm
  • Reply John Smith

    I should use a paper towel to handle the doorknob after I’ve washed and dried my hands in public bathrooms!

    January 6, 2018 at 12:44 pm
  • Reply tat2gurlzrock

    I never get the flu shot but I am big on hand hand washing and staying home if you are sick. These are great tips!

    January 6, 2018 at 4:22 pm
  • Reply kflickinger73

    We got our flu shots and I am strict about hand washing. Thank you for sharing these tips.

    January 9, 2018 at 12:12 pm
  • Reply Rebecca Bryant

    I am a huge pusher of washing hands. I make sure i wash wherever I touch anything I’m not sure about. I also believe in wiping down remotes and keyboards.

    January 10, 2018 at 12:47 pm
  • Reply Milena Barrett

    This is so important this time of year. So, many things are going around school right now!

    January 10, 2018 at 12:47 pm
  • Reply styledecor1

    Great tips! I got my flu shot rather late in the season and I’m glad I did. So far, so good. I also have the entire family wash their hands as soon as they walk in the door from school, shopping, eating out, etc. Nancy L

    January 10, 2018 at 12:58 pm
  • Reply Melanie

    I have washed my hands so many times this season. They are incredibly dry, but it is one of the best ways to get rid of germs. I also clean hard surfaces nightly and wash pillows/blankets frequently.

    January 10, 2018 at 1:15 pm
  • Reply Heather Lawrence

    We haven’t had our flu shots in years. The last few vaccines have been for the wrong strain of the flu! We exercise, eat right and get our sleep but when we get hit boy oh boy do we get slammed!!

    January 10, 2018 at 2:53 pm
  • Reply Emily, Our house now a home

    Ugh, I am in denial that winter means cold and flu season. We always get our flu shots, but have still been hit hard in the past. Fingers crossed we won’t get it bad this year. I am a cleaning and hand washing obsessed person this time of year.

    January 10, 2018 at 3:11 pm
  • Reply irishred13

    Washing hands is my number one thing during the winter, well anytime of year actually. The kids know that washing their hands is the first thing they need to do when they get home.

    January 10, 2018 at 4:52 pm
  • Reply Pamela K

    Look the way this flu bug is attacking any and everybody, we must be proactive in combating these stubborn germs. Thanks for reminding us of simple things we can do to fight these nasty germs.

    January 10, 2018 at 8:02 pm
  • Reply Alicia

    Such a great time for this reminder. Influenza is out of control this year. Besides being sick is no fun

    January 10, 2018 at 10:01 pm
  • Reply censie

    Wash you hands! I feel like I have been saying that over and over this season. Kids are little germ carriers. Not fun. We also make sure we use hand sanitizer when we are out.

    January 10, 2018 at 10:30 pm
  • Reply Cynthia Salgado

    All great tips. People should stop feeling guilty about skipping work while sick. It happens a lot where I work and then everybody is sick, especially during the cold season.

    January 11, 2018 at 2:36 am
  • Reply caringmom007

    This is a great post especially since the flu outbreak is so high now. I wish many would really take into count that coming to work sick really do harm others and help to spread germs. That’s one of my pet peeves when people know they are sick but still come around others.

    January 11, 2018 at 8:24 am
  • Reply Betsy Barnes

    Great advise, especially since the flu is so bad this season.

    January 11, 2018 at 3:01 pm
  • Reply Kathleen

    Getting vaccinated is so important. We just got the flu last yr coz I forgot to get flu vac before our trip. We were wiped out for a week.

    January 11, 2018 at 10:24 pm
  • Reply Gemille Sleweon

    Thyme also helps a lot with trying to get ride of bacteria and viruses as well as fighting colds. I steep a few sprigs in my tea water every morning and night!

    January 12, 2018 at 9:10 am
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