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We are all aware of the risks of viruses and most recently, the Delta variant of the Coronavirus. Avoiding those who are feeling under the weather isn’t always practical. But, there are a few steps you can take to try to stay healthy and well. Here are a few strategies to keep you and your kids a little healthier.

Make sure to get enough sleep. Lack of sleep DOUBLES your risk according to experts at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Make sure you and your kids get enough sleep, and if there was exposure to someone who was sick, plan on a slightly earlier bedtime.

Wash your hands well. After playing, coming home from school, before any meal, and after using the bathroom, make sure to wash your hands with soap and water.

Wear a mask. Wash masks daily or wear a disposable mask if daily washing isn’t practical.

Stay warm and dry. Getting chilled while exposed to cold and flu viruses can lower your resistance, and can TRIPLE your chances of getting sick.

Serve a balanced diet. Eat lots of colorful fruits and vegetables, which are rich in antioxidants and vitamins. Building a strong immune system is a smart defense.

Cough in the corner. Of your bent inner elbow, that is! And, immediately wash your hands after coughing or sneezing.

Discourage touching eyes and noses. That is a direct line to spreading germs. Enzymes in our mouths provide some defense against germs, but the eyes and nose don’t have that kind of protection.

Be conscious of surfaces you are touching. Wipe your cell phones down with a disinfectant wipe, the handles of gas pumps, door handles, shopping cart handles, countertops, faucets, etc. Carry wipes with you whenever you can and wash your hands often.

Choose an alternate method of shaking hands. Acknowledge acquaintances without a handshake. A nod or an elbow bump are both popular substitutions.

Stay home if you are sick. It’s the responsible thing to do.

If one member of your family is sick:

Call your medical provider to alert them that you are coming. Get the right medication for symptoms. Your medical professional may recommend steps that could help alleviate any uncomfortableness.

Give them a little space. Some viruses can actually travel 5-6 feet away from a sneeze or cough. If your children share a room, and you have the space, consider giving the sick child their own room for a while. Stay away from other family members, even pets.

Ban sharing. Most of us won’t share cups and eating utensils. The most forgotten area is toothbrushes and toothpaste. Toothbrushes stored in the same area will pick up germs. And, toothpaste can even pick up germs at the head of the tube.

Disinfect. Clean toys, doorknobs, remote controls, light switches, faucets, toilet handles, phones and more.

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