We may be headed into the final month of winter, but it could be a while before the end of the cold and flu season as temperatures remain low and weather stays snowy in the northern states. Staying healthy during these final cold months of the season should be your main priority so that you can welcome springtime with a smile.

If your workplace is swarming with sickness, take these extra precautions to ward off illness. At Happy Employees Cleaning, we offer commercial cleaning services to businesses in West Fargo that are guaranteed to lower sick days by at least 5 percent. Contact us today for more information about our commercial cleaning services or to schedule an appointment.

Wash Your Hands Frequently

Washing your hands regularly ensures good hygiene, but in the winter, an extra hand-washing could mean the difference between a productive day at work and a day in bed with the sniffles. Cold and flu viruses are spread when infected people sneeze, blow their nose, or wipe away fluids from their eyes or nose. Wash your hands after sneezing into them or even a tissue. Better yet, use the crook of your arm. Avoid touching your face — especially your eyes, nose, and mouth. Wash your hands before you eat, too.

If you can’t get to soap and water, use a hand sanitizer. Alcohol-based solutions will kill the cold and flu germs.

Get Enough Rest

A good night’s sleep can help you stay healthy because it gives your immune system a chance to work while you’re resting. When you get run down by working too much or doing too many errands, the stress it puts on your body makes you more prone to illness. In general, you should be trying to get 7–8 hours of sleep every night, but this goal is especially important during cold and flu season.

Drink Plenty of Water

Increase your water intake to prevent or lessen the symptoms of the cold or the flu. Water helps loosen mucus, keeps your throat moist, and prevents dehydration caused by a fever. Warm liquids are best because they are easy for your body to process — and more soothing for your throat if you are sick.

Maintain a Diet with Vitamins C and E

Vitamins C and E are believed to help support the immune system, which can help keep you healthy or from getting more sick. You can find vitamin C in foods like citrus fruits, orange juice, broccoli, and green peppers. Vitamin E is in foods like sunflower and corn oils, sunflower seeds, and nuts. Avoid high amounts of sugar because it can impede immune system function.

Keep Your Surroundings Clean

Whether at work or at home, it’s important to keep your surroundings clean. Shared spaces are where you’re most likely to get sick, so avoid sharing objects with sick people and don’t spend too much time around them.

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