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5 Germaphobe Habits to Adopt During Cold & Flu Season

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Are you an extreme hand washer during cold and flu season? Do you use anti-bacterial gel on…everything? I’ve been accused of being a germaphobe in the past. However, medical professionals swear by what some deem “extreme clean habits” that can protect us from falling ill during cold and flu season…

 

1. Rub-a-Dub-Scrub those Hands

You’re mom always scolded you for forgetting to wash your hands before coming to dinner. However, mom was kind of right (just don’t tell mine I said so)! According to research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 80-percent of infections are caused by germy hand to face to mouth contact.

The CDC calls for proper hand washing, which entails 20-seconds of lathering both the palms and backs of both hands. And don’t forget to scrub in between those fingers and under the nails to dislodge sneaky germs.

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