We may not like, but it's here. Cold-and-flu-season has arrived in force. You know you've been hit when you get that tickle in the back of your throat. Next comes a harmless little sneeze. Before you know it, you’re burning up and you're down for the count. And then it spreads, at school, at work, and at home.
While the common cold or the flu can strike anytime of the year, sickness tends to spread more frequently in the winter months and people are more likely to succumb to the germs. Cold weather drives everyone inside and leaves them stuck in close quarters. Germ-sharing feels like it’s inevitable. Unfortunately, the worst is yet to come, with flu season peaking in February.
The impact of cold and flu season on your home and family
For some of us, the cold or flu will mean several days of misery. For others, catching a cold or the flu can be much more serious.
Those at risk for serious complications from influenza include children (especially those two and under), the elderly, pregnant women, and those with compromised immune systems. A report from the CDC shared that around 20,000 children under five years old are hospitalized each year from influenza-related complications.
The cold and flu can be costly to your household in many ways, including missed work days, not only when you’re sick but also when your children are, not to mention the expensive trips to the doctor and the pharmacy. Then there is the added stress of playing catch-up when you go back to work and also for the kids when they go back to school.
Is there anything you can do to spare all this?
First things first: prevention!
Keep in mind that prevention is the best medicine of all. There are some simple steps you can take to prevent the cold and flu from taking hold in your home:
- Frequent hand-washing
- Cover those coughs and sneezes
- Use hand sanitizer when hand-washing is not available, such as when parking your shopping cart and getting into your car
- Maintain healthy habits, including eating a balanced diet, exercising, getting enough sleep, and keeping stress down
- Avoid those that are sick when possible
Antibacterial fabric: an added layer of defense
Most of us remember to disinfect the basic hard surfaces in our homes, such as the door knobs and the faucets. But sometimes we forget about other frequently touched items like keyboards and cell phones. It’s also common to overlook the fabrics in our homes, like blankets, sheets, and pillowcases.
Sure, we do our best to wash them once a week, but what about in between washings, particularly during the peak of cold and flu season? If you stop to think about it, it's especially important that our beds are clean and germ-free! Each night, we touch and breathe on our sheets and pillowcases for a good eight hours.
There is a solution that will help keep your sheets germ-free between washings - antibacterial fabric. Choosing sheets that are made of antibacterial fabric, like PeachSkinSheets, can offer extra protection against the spread of sickness in your home. Not only are they lightweight, breathable, and soft, the 21st century SMART fabric is anti-microbial, keeping dust, pollen, and germs from adhering to the surface.
Do yourself a favor this cold and flu season, and year-round. Buy yourself, and your family members, a couple sets of PeachSkinSheets and add an extra layer of defense against sickness this year.