‘Tis the season for everyone and their entire family to get sick at the drop of a hat. Especially if you have kids at home or family members who work in health care or assisted living facilities, there’s a good chance that they’re going to be picking up a few bugs and bringing them home with them. But just because one person in your home is sick doesn’t mean that everyone has to succumb to illness. There are things that you can do to help prevent this from happening.
To help you learn how to do this, here are three ways to protect your health when someone in your house is sick.
Start Using Disposable Products
Depending on the sickness that’s taking residence in your home at the moment, you should be very careful about anything that you share with the sick person, including cloth products. So while you might normally be using cloth hand towels after washing your hands, switching this and other items to disposable products can help to keep their germs away from you.
Along with this, if you keep water glasses in the bathroom or bedrooms, you may want to use disposable cups until their sickness has gone away, as you don’t want someone to accidentally use their glass and pick up their germs in that way either.
Keep The Germs Contained
As a good rule of thumb, when someone is sick in your home and you don’t want the germs to spread, you should find a way to keep those germs contained.
While this isn’t always possible, if you can keep the sick person in their own room with access to a bathroom that isn’t being shared with others, you’ll have a good chance of keeping their germs to these small areas. And as long as you don’t venture into this space and they don’t come out without taking precautions, you should be able to keep a lot of the sickness from spreading throughout the house.
Clean Before Sharing
Anything that is being shared between yourself and someone who’s sick has the chance of getting you sick as well. So before you share anything, be it toys between siblings or food that you’ve just made, make sure you take certain precautions to clean things so that fewer germs are going between people. Just this small step of washing hands or using sanitizing wipes before sharing something can make a big difference.
While your family might ordinarily love sharing things and spending time with one another, if someone is sick and you’re trying to keep the rest of the household healthy, cutting back on these practices is the best way to do it.