Writers spend a lot of time alone, which means they usually avoid exposure to a mountain of germs, viruses and other nasty flu bugs. But during the holidays, by necessity, they’re out and around and, because everyone else is, too, they’re bombarded.
We can’t avoid exposure, but there are a few survival tips gathered from the experts. Things we can do in self-defense:
1. Get plenty of rest. The batteries need to be fully charged to fight off invasions.
2. Up your Vitamin C intake.
3. Carry hand-sanitizer and use it often.
4.Carry tissues. Use them, and not your hand to touch fixed surfaces.
5.Avoid grocery store shopping-cart handles, restroom door plates and faucet fixtures. (Sanitizing wipes come in handy here.)
6.Keep your distance from those sneezing and coughing. And if you cough, do so into your sleeve, not your hand, where you’ll then transfer germs.
7.Go easy on junk food; eat well-balanced, nutrient-rich meals.
8.Minimize exposure by shopping when store traffic is lightest. If that’s not possible, then avoid maximum exposure by taking the escalator versus the elevator. Closed in places, higher concentrations.
9.When you return home, shower and change clothes right away.
10. Be diligent about cleaning surfaces (kitchen counters, handles on the refrigerator door, the microwave, and don’t forget light switches and door knobs!).
If you do get the flu, for pity’s sake stay at home so you don’t give it to anyone else. Think of it as a mandatory pit stop or a license to loaf. Rest, heal and recoup.