The Holiday season is a busy time of the year.
Between Holiday parties, shopping and family get-togethers, folks are surrounded by people and unfortunately, germs.
Why it’s so easy to get sick around the Holidays
According to Neha Vyas, MD, a family medicine physician, there are a couple of reasons why it is so easy to become ill around the Holiday season.
“We are indoors much more than we are in other seasons,” says Vyas. “We are around more people. We’re in closer contact with people through office parties, parties in general, or out at the mall, so it’s much easier to pick up germs in those
environments than it would be in other times of the year.”
Germs are hiding in plain sight
Dr. Vyas warns that germs can be picked up almost anywhere, but that common places are often those which have been touched by a lot of people.
Shopping carts, door handles, money, key pads and pens on credit card readers are all places where germs can live.
While she doesn’t advise folks to avoid going out at the Holidays just to avoid germs, Dr. Vyas encourages folks to always wash their hands after touching such surfaces.
“You’re always around germs. You just have to make it a point to be aware of them and take necessary precautions,” says Vyas.
Dr. Vyas reminds folks that stopping the spread of germs can start with being more mindful of one’s own health situation.
“If you’re sick, then take a step back and ask yourself, is it really this important to go to X-Y-Z place, or go to a particular party where you could infect people?” says Dr. Vyas.
Dr. Vyas also warns that “running on empty” at the Holidays by not getting enough sleep, not eating well, and getting too stressed out can make folks more susceptible to getting sick.