Fall is here! 'Tis the season of crunchy leaves and pumpkin spice lattes. Among the joy of a crisp breeze and apple cider comes the woes of fall allergies, the common cold, sore throats, and stuffy noses. From overly vigilant germaphobes to the typical co-worker, we can all do our part in making this fall a healthy one.
This plea is made for the CPA Student, the parents of toddlers, the already overworked teacher of those toddlers, and every person in between. Getting a cold is inevitable, but there's a lot of simple things we can do to make those times fewer and, thus, less likely to interrupt our lives. Let's take a look at the characters of cold season and how to combat or help them.
The guy who apparently never learned about germs...
Fear not, this germy gent is not a sure cold headed your way. You can still be immune to his inconsiderate ways. Carry hand sanitizer with you, and PLEASE don't continue sitting next to him. Feel free to subtly get up and find another spot.
Steal some habits from your germaphobe friend
We all know the person who is year-round crazy over leading a clean and germ-free life. They're the roommate who's overly clean, wipes down counters daily, and whose favorite drink is any flavor of Air-Borne. THIS IS THE TIME TO BE BEST FRIENDS WITH THIS PERSON! This is simply because they are the person we all know who gets sick the least and it is because of their religiously intense routine against contamination. Find whatever way you can to open a door without touching the handle, attach a small bottle of hand sanitizer to your keyring as a reminder, wash your hands just for the fun of it, and yes, wipe down those public surfaces once a day. Especially your workspace and phone.
If you do get sick, kick these habits into high gear. Get some extra Vitamin-C in your system, wipe down places you touch out of courtesy, and PLEASE don't shake hands. Simply explain that you're not feeling 100% and are doing the person the favor of not spreading a cold by shaking their hand. It's a good habit to get into and lets people know it's okay to stray from norms for the sake of not getting sick.
The highly susceptible people
You might get a note from your kid's teacher asking for your kid to bring a box of Kleenex to school. For the love of your kid, do it. Buy the nice ones that don't scratch sensitive noses so kids will use them. Make sure the teacher has a poster for kids to learn how germs are spread and another for proper hand washing technique in the bathroom. Remember, germs other kids have that stop at school are ones that don't come into your home. And please, help the teacher out. Get them a gift card to a soup and sandwich place, send them a box of tea with honey, immune boosting drinks, and a well-wishing card because they are the true warriors of germ season. They battle hundreds of dirty hands a day. They must have a Herculean immune system to make it through the season unscathed.
Also, remember to take care of the elderly around you during this time. Kids and older adults immune systems are more vulnerable to everything and often have more severe reactions. If we all do our part, we can prevent a good amount of time spent taking care of ourselves.