It seems like every person I speak to right now has a cold or flu, and several of their family members do as well. I go to the grocery store and the sounds of hacking coughs and sneezes echo through the aisles. If only running out of the store to hide from these contagious characters was an option, but even if it was, I have a kindergartener. As everyone knows, kindergarteners are the germiest little characters of all. Since face masks are not in vogue like during the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic, what’s a gal to do?
My daughter and I take our vitamins, eat healthy foods and hand wash regularly, but in the midst of the season of sickness having an extra level of defense is prudent. WetOnes are a convenient way to add that extra level of precaution. The travel packs and individually packaged wipes can be carried in your car or purse, so you can wipe down that germy cart handle, before claiming it as your own. Hands and personal electronics can also be “detoxified” right on the spot.
To help you and your family avoid illness as much as possible during this cold and flu season, I have some handy healthy tips for you from Dr. Benjamin Tanner, a microbiologist:
- Practice Good Hygiene for at Least a Week After a Cold. Cold viruses can be found in nasal secretions of children for two to three weeks after the onset of symptoms. That’s a long time for an unwanted guest to stick around!
- Keep Your Immune System Healthy. Studies show that maintaining a healthy body weight with proper nutrition reduces risks of infection, and also may prevent inflammation (potentially damaging immune system hyperactivity).
- Keep Up on Cold and Flu Germs. Colds are most infectious during the first two to four days people are infected. And you can’t outrun their germs: droplets from sneezes can travel at a velocity of 45 miles per hour and cover a distance of 10 feet. Wash your hands and face regularly; when soap and water is not available use Wet Ones® Antibacterial Hand Wipes to kill bacteria on your hands.
- Don’t Touch Your Face. Most cold viruses are spread by contact with surfaces through “self-inoculation” when hands pick up cold viruses, and then touch the nose or eyes to start an infection. In fact, a study of kids showed that a program to discourage touching the face reduced colds by nearly half.
For more tips, product information and special offers stop by the Wet Ones website.
I wrote this review while participating in an Ambassador Program for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Wet Ones® Antibacterial Hand Wipes and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.