When one person that lives in your house gets sick, it can seem impossible to stop the sickness from spreading. However, there are some tactics you can use to help fight against the spread. Here are four things you can do to contain an illness and attempt to prevent it from infecting the entire household.
Consistently Clean Shared Spaces
The most commonly used places in your home should be thoroughly cleaned repeatedly when someone is sick. Kitchen counters and door handles are two examples of common areas that germs can live and spread. Keeping these surfaces clean can reduce exposure between ill and healthy household members.
Switch to Disposable Items
Germs and bacteria can cling to both fabric and hard surfaces, making towels and glassware a hot spot for spreading. Switch your washcloths for paper towels and glasses for paper cups so anything that may have germs can be thrown away instead of used by someone else.
If at all possible, keep the sick person separate from the healthy members of the household. Designate one room for the sick person to sleep in and avoid close contact. While this can be difficult for children if the home is just adults, this can significantly reduce the chances of spreading the sickness.
Don’t Touch Your Face
Most germs are transferred from the hands to the mouth, eyes, and nose. If you touch a surface covered in germs, but don’t touch your face, the chances of transmission are much lower. This is an excellent practice in general too, not just if someone in your home is sick. Avoiding touching your face throughout the fall and winter can help you avoid getting sick via work, the grocery store, or any other place you visit.
Sickness might seem inevitable to spread rapidly through a household, but you can fight against it. Keeping shared spaces clean, using disposable items, staying separate, and avoiding touching your face are all ways to help deter the spread of germs and return to a fully healthy household.