During flu season it can be hard to avoid getting sick. Even with a flu shot you could still get a case of the sniffles or worse but with a few strategies in place tasks of going to the store where a volume of sick people merge can allow for a lower incidence of becoming sick.
Some stores have disinfectant wipes set out for customers to use, particularly grocery stores, for wiping your hands or the basket handle. They are a big help in reducing germs that you obtained from the time you entered the store and also as you shop around. Its important to remember upon entering the store to wipe off the basket handle where germs not only from the person before you but everyone who came into contact with it that didn’t wipe the handle off resides.
Its possible to use a disinfectant wipe to quickly go over the sealed food or drink products you are purchasing as long as its not fruit or vegetables or anything not wrapped. Do not let the wet wipe soak through the packaging or container it could contaminate food or drink and possibly make you sick.
If you’ve ran a disinfectant wipe over a package or container be sure to pour the food or drink out of the package or container before eating or drinking. For instance, pour some potato chips out of the bag to eat then close the bag and wash your hands before eating. This should help you to avoid any accidental ingestion of disinfectant. Also never lick your fingers or touch your hand or fingers to your mouth after you’ve wiped your hands with disinfectant. It might not hurt you but if disinfectant can kill germs it’s probably not going to be that safe to swallow.
While in a store think number two. The number two could be an important number in helping to keep you well. Suppose you are in a grocery store and you are going to buy a box of cereal. You reach for your choice brand taking the first box off the shelf when the second box behind the first may be the best bet to ward off flu germs.
How is this so?
Consider that every shopper in the store may have browsed down the cereal aisle. The box of cereal the first box which is the one you’ve placed in your basket to purchase may have been touched, picked up by would be buyers looking at it, reading the ingredients and then putting it back after finding another cereal they like better. The more people touching the box the greater the passage of flu germs. Several of those people might have blown their nose before touching the box and coughed or sneezed on it while they held it.
In avoiding flu don’t reach for the first reach for the second.
Limit your time in the store. Write down what you need on a list and go in for those items. The less time you are in a potential flu environment you should limit your exposure meaning you might be able to get out without getting sick.