Kick cold and flu season to the curb with these simple steps

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(BPT) – Between the flu virus and COVID-19, germs are spreading rapidly this season. Luckily, there are a few simple things you can do to help keep you and your loved ones healthy.

“We have to make many decisions to protect our family and ourselves. This is why prevention is the most important tool that we have: Using hygiene, cleaning high-contact surfaces and vaccines can help us create a barrier between what we love the most — our family — and these viruses,” said Dr. Ilan Shapiro, family physician and Clorox spokesperson.

Here are some important steps you and your family can take to help prevent the spread of viruses this season, including COVID-19 and the flu:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others or indoors in public spaces. Avoid close contact with people who are sick and put six feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household.
  • Wash hands regularly with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds. If your kids are small this is a great time to practice counting or sing a song together. For example, it takes about 20 seconds to sing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.”
  • Use Clorox Disinfecting Wipes to disinfect surfaces and frequently touched areas such as doorknobs, countertops, light switches, handles, stair rails, remotes and even phones.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands. This is how many germs enter the body and then have the chance to make you ill.
  • Stay home if you experience any cold-like symptoms. Rest up and watch your symptoms. Contact your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.
  • Take care of your physical health by getting a good night’s sleep, staying hydrated and maintaining a balanced diet.

Dr. Shapiro explains that while the virus that causes COVID-19 spreads through the air, flu germs can live on surfaces for up to 48 hours — that’s why cleaning and disinfecting are an important part of a holistic strategy to help reduce the spread of germs that can cause illness. Spaces to be mindful of in your home may include kitchens, bathrooms, living rooms, mudrooms/entryways and playrooms.

It’s also important to clean and disinfect areas outside of your home that you are touching — especially during cold and flu season — like grocery cart handles and the inside of car doors. Dr. Shapiro recommends Clorox Disinfecting Wipes On the Go that allow you to keep germ-killing power right at your fingertips, anywhere, anytime. The versatile pack fits perfectly in a purse, glove compartment or backpack for easy access.

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