What Can You Do to Stay Well?

Dr. Clayton Lawrence, CEO, shares his thoughts in a weekly column focused on overall wellness in an otherwise toxic world. (Always consult with your own physician before beginning any new diet/exercise routine.)

As Americans brace themselves for a new virus that is taking the media by storm, we thought it would be appropriate to share a few general reminders regarding how to become actively involved in preventing the spread of everything from the common cold, flu, and gastrointestinal bug to the new coronavirus, and how to prepare should your household become infected.

Viruses spread quickly and easily, so it’s important to be vigilant when something hits the area. Schools, workplaces, public transportation and nursing facilities all experience a rapid spread once an illness hits. While there is no reason to panic and board up the house, stay ahead and be prepared by:

Washing your hands for double the time and as frequently as possible

Wearing a mask or gloves if appropriate

Getting plenty of rest

Covering your mouth when coughing and sneezing

Pushing vitamins

Staying away from crowded places

Keeping your fingers away from your mouth and nose

Never sharing drinks or utensils

Staying home when sick

Carrying hand sanitizer

Drinking plenty of water

Stocking up on medicines, like adult and children’s acetaminophen and ibuprofen

Filling your cabinet with foods that have a longer shelf life, like canned soups

Keeping popsicles in the freezer

Buying a few extra cases of water

Grabbing some extra bottles of antibacterial hand soaps

Preparing with cleaning supplies, such as Lysol, bleach and disinfectant wipes