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“The CDC estimates that as many as 49,000 people die from the flu or flu-like illness each year.”
Rather sobering thought --- don’t you agree?
We Visions are known for not catching colds, so I thought I would share the steps that we take to insure less chance of doing so.
1) After being out in public:
~ wash hands with soap & warm water for a good two to three minutes
~ blow nose (germs get into our nostrils & eventually enter our body)
~ gargle very deeply with antiseptic mouthwash
2) Everything that we bring into our home (throughout the year) is either wiped down with Lysol disinfecting wipes or sprayed with Lysol spray.
Just think of the germs that are on products one picks up in stores! Not to try to gross anyone out --- however, can you be sure that the fellow who stocks the shelves actually washes his hands after using the restroom? If not --- think of what type of germs are added to those on the products he handles! Carry that thought one step further to preparing foods --- you wash your hand & then reach for the box, bag, or jar; thus, transferring any germs to your just washed hands --- you continue transferring those germs all during your food preparations & even sit to eat with the germs on your hands. Not a pretty thought, is it?
3) Daily we wipe down surfaces in our home that are continually touched --- i.e. doorknobs, refrigerator door handle, kitchen & bathroom faucets & handles on cabinets, telephones, remote controls, & the hand rail to the stairs.
4) When the Wintertime temperature reaches 45 to 50-degrees, we open windows in our home to bring in fresh air --- thus, getting rid of some of the germs that might be in the air (as well as on surfaces) of our home.
I can testify to this working to help eliminate cold germs, because in my classroom (in the dead of Winter) I would open the windows before & after school --- sometimes while the children were enjoying recess --- & allow the cold winter temperature to do their magic. I, also, sprayed the desks & other surfaces in my classroom with Lysol, each day after my students had left for home. Year in & year out my students had less colds & less days absent than the rest of the school. I was asked to speak at several district wide meetings; as well as, PTA meetings, & to write a short paragraph for the District's newsletter, in an effort to help teachers to understand simply steps to making their classrooms (&, thus, the schools) a more germ free environment. I, also, got a lot of positive feedback from parents for my efforts.
5) We keep the temperature in our home cooler than most folks --- thus, our bodies & our lungs are not getting a shock to go from an extremely warm home out into the extreme cold of outdoors.
I learned this from my cherished Mom, who learned it from the women in the English village we lived in when I was a youngster. They simply told her that we Americans experienced more colds because we kept our homes too warm. With the wisdom of the years, I fully agree with that statement of fact!
All of the above may sound like a lot of work; however, it truly isn't once one is in the habit of taking the steps that I have shared.
God bless us all with a Winter without illness!