Ways to Prevent a Cold in Cold Weather

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The fall and winter months are usually the time to come down with a cold. Follow these five simple steps to prevent a cold:

  • Wash Your Hands Frequently.  Washing your hands is the best way to prevent a cold. During cold and flu season, it is especially important to encourage friends and family to wash hands to prevent the spread of germs.
  • Wear Layers. During cold weather, your immune system may slow down.  Although cold weather cannot cause a cold, these weather conditions can help germs grow.  This is why it is important to layer clothing.  Hats and scarves are also very beneficial in cold weather.
  • Get Your Rest. Get plenty of sleep. When you aren’t running on enough sleep, your immune system isn’t working as hard. Try getting at least 8 hours of sleep each night during cold and flu season.
  • Keep Your Distance. Stay away from sick family members, friends, and colleagues. Since most people stay indoors during cold months, everyone is breathing the same air. It is best to avoid people that are sniffling, coughing, and sneezing as much as possible.
  • Drink Plenty of Fluids. Drinking lots of fluids can boost the immune system and help fight off colds. Try to drink at least 6 glasses of water per day.