The holidays are fast approaching! When traveling to see friends and family during cold and flu season, it is extra prudent to ensure that you are following good health and safety practices. There are a number of things you can do to help prevent yourself from falling ill during travel:
Wash your hands
The most important thing you can do to protect yourself and your family is to wash hands. It sounds elementary, but thorough hand washing, including using warm water, soap, and scrubbing the front, back, and between the fingers for twenty seconds is the first line of defense against illnesses. Hand hygiene is essential to stop the spread of infection and can dramatically reduce your chances of diarrhea, vomiting, food poisoning, gastroenteritis, flu, norovirus, MRSA, or even hepatitis A.
Drink bottled water
Even when traveling within the United States, tap water quality can vary from place to place. Your gut may not have the right flora to protect you from various pathogens in the local water supply, so stick to drinking bottled water where possible. A bottle with a built-in filter is a good choice if you’re not sure if bottled water will be readily available.
Practice food safety wherever you go
Food contamination is one of the biggest causes of gastrointestinal problems and illness while traveling. You should always try to ensure that any food that is consumed while traveling (or anywhere!) is fresh, cooked thoroughly, and served hot. Make sure everyone who is preparing your food is wearing gloves, and that a separate person is handling the money (or that the person removes their gloves before handling money, and puts on a fresh pair before going back to serving food.) Some foods to avoid (JUST IN CASE!) are:
- Salads that may have been washed with local water
- Cut fruit and vegetables
- Hot foods in gas stations or airports that may have been sitting under a heat lamp for hours
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