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Ways to Avoid Sickness in College

Ways to Avoid Sickness in College

avoid sicknessNot only is it a sad day when winter break comes to an end, but going back to class this time of year also means you’re constantly surrounded by people who are sneezing, coughing and looking like they need immediate medical attention. Whether it’s your roommate, at the gym or in the dining hall, germs are in full effect this time of year. Here are some smart ways to protect yourself wherever you are:

In your apartment:

  • Don’t wash dishes where you brush your teeth. Dirty dishes not only create bacteria, but there’s a strain of the norovirus that can make you extremely ill and uncomfortable.
  • Use your own towel. What you have hanging in your kitchen or bathroom could be the biggest source of illness in your apartment. A dangerous staph infection that is resistant to many antibiotics can be spread by the sharing of towels. The bacteria of ‘community towels’ can also cause acne among users.
  • Wash most loads of clothes in hot water. A washing machine is supposed to get clothes clean, not fill them with even more germs. Most people use cold water for their washing, but it’s recommended to use hot water on most loads and some items, like undergarments with bleach.
  • Take your shoes off at the door. Wearing shoes in the house can stir up more bacteria than toilet seats. Vacuuming on a regular basis can also help keep the bacteria particles down.
  • Use antibacterial wipes on surfaces. The handle on the refrigerator isn’t the only thing that gets touched by germy hands multiple times a day. The inside of the unit also contains harmful bacteria from old or leaky food. Also, college students do a lot of work from home – how many times have you touched your keyboard or cell phone today?

At the gym:

  • Wipe off the equipment. While you may be courteous enough to wipe off the equipment when you’re finished with it, it doesn’t mean the person before you was as nice.
  • Drink water. Besides water being a necessity for your workouts, it’s also a tool in fighting infections.
  • Always wear shoes. If you shower at the gym or even just change clothes, you’re putting your bare feet at risk for fungal infections.

In the dining hall:

  • No sharing. Keep your glass, bottles and utensils to yourself.
  • Wash your hands.  How many people have gone through the food line before you? How many people have touched the tray you’re putting your food on? Always wash your hands after you get your food and before you begin eating to prevent the transfer of bacteria into your body.
  • Put green on your plate. Fresh veggies are packed with antioxidants to keep your body healthy and your immune system boosted.

Don’t let the winter weather wreck havoc on your immune system and make you susceptible to illnesses. Take preventable measures now so you’re not miserable and missing class. CTBest Apartments are conveniently located near shopping areas where anti-cold goodies can be found! For more information on CTBest Apartments, visit www.ctbestapts.com.

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