How to keep yourself healthy this cold and flu season

How to keep yourself healthy this cold and flu season

While trolling through, I mean hanging out on Facebook, I came across a link to an article about the 8 germiest public places.

Bleh. It was gross and it made me think about how to keep healthy during this cold and flu season.

In case you don’t read the article (which you should, because it’s kinda funny), here’s the list in a nutshell:

1. Shopping Cart handles and seat buckets (you can read my take on this in another post I wrote about Wal-Mart)

2. Children’s Playgrounds (think kid poop, bird poop, cat’s that think the sand is a litter box… you get the idea)

3. Public Restroom sinks, sink handles and soap dispensers (All the stuff you think is helping is making it WORSE)

4. Work places and offices desktops and telephones (that’s because so many people don’t wash their hands after going potty, or sneezing and coughing – ewww).

5. Restaurant table tops and highchairs (think kid poop and nasty, never cleaned “cleaning rags” that they smear all over your table in between each patron. Yuck).

6. Library countertops and surfaces (See number 4!)

7. Cruise ship’s handrails (Well, duh! I’ve been on one cruise – never again. Floating, virus-laden prisons; ’nuff said).

8. Mall’s escalator handles. (Oh my word, total “eww factor” here. It’s as if all of the above have joined together to create number 8 because who EVER cleans the handles?)

Source: Avoid Getting Sick: Top 8 Germiest Public Places Exposed

Now that you are sufficiently grossed out, what can we do about this? How in blue-blazes do we stay healthy during cold and flu season?

I think I’m going to invent the Healthy Belt.

The Healthy Belt will be a fanny pack filled with everything you need to stay healthy while out in public.

Inside the belt you will find…

  • …hand sanitizer in the economy size so that I can squirt me, my kids, my hubby or anyone I see coming out of a restroom, washed hands or not. Remember number 3 on that list above?
  • …the giant sized sanitizing wipes I use in my kitchen – preferably with bleach in them. I don’t care if the bleach fades the surfaces I wipe; those microscopic critters need to die!
  • …tissues. Lots and lots of tissues.

One of the worst culprits for spreading germs is our public germ factories – um, I mean our public schools.

Kids are GROSS. I tell my girls, “Wipe your [face, nose, mouth],” and they take the back of their hand or sleeve and smear whatever across their faces.

(I really did teach them better. I promise I did. Then I squirt them with hand sanitizer.)

Now, take kids like mine, multiply my two by 425 and you get approximately the number of kids in a single school doing the exact same thing. No wonder they’re always getting sick!

I went to my girls’ schools for parent/teacher conferences and within 24 hours, I had a stomach bug. It makes me mad, because I’m a bit of a fanatic about sanitizing my hands. Figures.

Schools, grocery stores, churches, libraries, malls – the “eww factor” never ends.

Watch out for those public places, carry hand sanitizer and wipes where ever you go, and stay healthy my friends!

Philippians 4:6-7 (ESV)

6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (CEB)

19 Or don’t you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you? Don’t you know that you have the Holy Spirit from God, and you don’t belong to yourselves?20 You have been bought and paid for, so honor God with your body.


How do you stay healthy during cold and flu season?

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