The holidays are the time of year where everyone gathers around the dinner table. Love and cheer are spread and with that, unfortunately, germs.
Hugs and kisses, sharing drinks and eating utensils, etc. keep us in the holiday spirit but also contribute to the spreading of germs.
As this is the cold/flu season, here are our recommended tips to avoid getting sick from your loved ones this holiday season.
If the dinner is at your house…
Before the dinner: Spring isn’t the only season for heavy duty cleaning. Now is the perfect time to dust and sanitize your home in preparation for your guests.
During the dinner: To avoid the spread of germs at the dinner party:
- Stock up on serving utensils, so no one has to share the same plates, cups, and silverware
- Serve chips and dip in individual cups to avoid double dipping
- Encourage your guests to wash their hands before eating
After the dinner: After everyone leaves and before you head out to do some Black Friday shopping, air out and disinfect the rooms that your guests were in. This will help stop those pesky germs in their tracks.
If said you’d cook for the party, but you’re sick…
You probably don’t want anyone to think you’re trying to get out of the dirty work if you say you have a cold, but you also don’t want to be coughing and sneezing over the food.
A great alternative is to provide the food by calling in a catering order. Fulfill your order a few days in advance to guarantee that your food will be ready for the dinner party.
If you’re hosting sick relatives…
You never want to turn away a family member, especially if you already agreed to host them.
Accommodate your sick relatives by keeping cough drops, mints, water, and tea stocked at your home. Be sure to have tissues and hand sanitizer in readily available areas for those in-case moments when a relative coughs or sneezes.
If you’re the one who’s sick…
Thanksgiving is only once a year, but if you’ve been sick for days or weeks at a time, and you’re bed-ridden, enjoy the holiday off and rest up.
Apologize to the hosts, but kindly decline the invitation by expressing you don’t want to get any of the guests sick. Your loved ones will be grateful.
If you’ve been sick for days or weeks at a time, be sure to visit AFC Urgent Care. We treat symptoms of upper respiratory illnesses such as
- The Flu
- Strep Throat
- & More