This past Monday, our team at OurSeniors.net wrote a blog about the common cold and its symptoms. Today we would like to dive a little deeper into the subject to help our readers stay healthy this winter. Being able to recognize the signs of an oncoming cold is excellent, but do you know how to protect yourself against it? Cold causing viruses spread through the air and from close contact with sick people. You can be infected by contracting the virus through a handshake and then touching your face.
Ways to help combat your risk of getting a cold:
- Do not touch your face
- Get plenty of sleep
- Take vitamin C and zinc regularly
- Wash your hands every hour
- Avoid people who are sick
- Disinfect doorknobs and surfaces
- Stay hydrated
As an older adult, it is essential to take care of your health to avoid serious complications. If you have a cold this winter, stay indoors and away from your loved ones to prevent spreading the virus. If you have to be around others, make sure to cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing and to move away. Though scientists are working on a vaccine for the cold, there is currently no cure. Over-the-counter medicines may help ease symptoms but will not help the bug go away any faster. Taking antibiotics will not help against a cold caused by a virus. The only thing that helps is preventive care and time.
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