The weather is warming up early this year and many are looking forward to spring. The last thing you want to deal with right now is the common cold. Unfortunately, there is no vaccine to prevent the common cold, but these six tips can greatly lower your odds of catching one:

Wash your hands

Wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap. The CDC recommends scrubbing your hands for 20 seconds before rinsing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Avoid touching your face with your hands

You are more likely to transfer cold virus particles to your nose and mouth with your hands than you are to breath them in. This is especially important in social situations.

Disinfect

Clean commonly touched surfaces in your house with disinfectant. Pay close attention to the kitchen and bathrooms. Don’t forget to wipe down children’s toys frequently to prevent the spread of germs. 

Use tissues

Use a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Discard any used tissues and wash your hands properly. If a tissue is not handy, use the bend of your elbow to prevent the spread of germs. Teach children to cover their mouths as well as how to properly wash their hands. This may not keep you from getting sick, but your friends and co-workers will certainly thank you for it.

Avoid those who are sick

Avoid any close contact with those that are sick. Don’t share drinks or utensils with anyone that is ill or shows symptoms of the common cold. You can even label your cup to avoid any confusion and accidental sharing.

Take care of yourself

Getting adequate exercise and sleep may prevent you from feeling worn out and help your body maintain a healthy immune system. Managing your stress and eating a healthy diet may also help you to feel better.

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