Although catching the common cold might not seem like anything more than just a nuisance, to seniors, it can end in pneumonia, which can be life-threatening. There are some simple actions you can take to avoid catching a cold, and these actions will keep you healthier in general, too.
With millions of cases of the common cold every single year, it’s really no wonder it’s dubbed “common.” It typically takes an individual a week to ten days to recover, but if immunity is lowered (as can be the case in seniors), it can take longer, and it can lead to more serious complications. While there is no cure for a cold once you catch one, try these tips to keep cold viruses at bay.
- Keep your home sanitized. Think about all of the items you touch in your home throughout the day. Remote controls, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, sink fixtures, plates, cups, keyboards, etc. If you stay diligent and keep these things clean, you’ll be less likely to pick up a germ on your fingers and develop a cold.
- Keep your hands washed and clean. Viruses that cause colds love being on your hands and fingers. Make sure to wash your hands on a regular basis in hot, soapy water, up to your wrists. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, and make sure to wash them before and after handling all types of food (especially meats), and after using the restroom.
- Just in case a virus hangs on, or you pick up another along the way – get in the habit of not touching your face. People touch their face throughout the day for various reasons, itchy eyes, itchy nose, itchy skin, etc., try to force yourself to keep your hands out of your face so that viruses can’t enter your body through your mouth, eyes, or nose.
- Get good sleep. There’s nothing like a good night’s sleep to build immunity. Don’t let yourself get run down or you will be more susceptible to developing a cold.
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