Health trap: Cold and flu germs
With so many relatives, friends, and neighbors bringing you cheer at this time of year, you’re doing more smooching than usual. With close contact comes the passing of cold and flu viruses. The surprising truth, though, is that you’re more likely to pick up germs by shaking hands (or handing over an eggnog) than sharing a kiss. That’s why frequent handwashing is important during get-togethers. “You don’t need any fancy hand sanitizers – soap and water do a great job,” says Dr. MacLean. “But hand sanitizer will do in a pinch, when you’re coming into somebody’s home and making sure your hands are safe before meeting all these people.” He adds that getting the flu shot before the festive season will help you protect yourself and your loved ones.