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Cooler weather months mean more time spent indoors and more opportunities for germs to travel from person to person. Don’t risk missing out on holiday festivities by getting sick. Use these tips to help reduce your risk of coming into contact with harmful germs while at home and out in public.


Avoid Spreading Germs in Public

Here are some healthy habits that you and all members of your family should practice while out in public, such as at school, work or at the grocery store. By following them, you can help reduce the spread of germs and reduce your chances of getting sick.

  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose or eyes
  • Cough and sneeze into your shirt sleeve or in the crook of your elbow
  • Get vaccinated against recommended illnesses, including the flu and COVID-19
  • Stay home when you feel sick
  • Use a paper towel to open a public restroom door when exiting
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or with hand sanitizer—especially after touching common surfaces or before eating
  • Wear a mask in public if you’ve been sick and have to go out
  • Avoid touching wild animals


Avoid Spreading Germs at Home

There are also steps you can take to reduce the spread of germs and bacteria in your own home, including:

  • Avoid close contact with household members who are ill, if possible
  • Avoid sharing personal items such as razors, toothbrushes or washcloths
  • Disinfect commonly used surfaces such as kitchen and bathroom counters
  • Eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables
  • Get enough sleep each night
  • Handle and prepare food safely
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer when you return home, before eating, or preparing food or after caring for pets


Get Care Now

Everyone gets sick now and then even if you’re taking all the right precautions. With some types of illness, you can rest at home and begin to feel better. With other types of sickness, you may need to see a health care provider for medication or other treatment.

Call 866-MY-LI-DOC (866-695-4362) to find a Catholic Health physician near you.

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