Spread cheer, not germs: Blue Cross shares tips to avoid seasonal illnesses

Keeping you and your family healthy during the holidays

Spread cheer, not germs: Blue Cross shares tips to avoid seasonal illnesses

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Spreading holiday cheer can sometimes lead to spreading germs thanks to those community events bringing us all closer together.

Colder temperatures tend to force us inside where it’s warmer for those holiday celebrations and that can sometimes lead to increased exposure to seasonal illnesses like the flu, common cold or stomach viruses.

To lower your risk of getting sick and making others sick, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana encourages everyone to practice effective germ control:

1. Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer if washing is not an option.

2. Cover your mouth with a tissue when you sneeze or cough. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.

3. Do not eat or drink after others – keep food and beverages separate.

4. Cook food properly and serve it with utensils instead of picking it up with bare hands.

5. Frequently clean and disinfect common areas, such as desks, bathrooms and counters.

6. If you do become sick, be considerate of others and stay home from work or school until you are not contagious.

If you’re struck by symptoms and can’t get to the doctor’s office, Blue Cross customers can have online visits 24/7, 365 with BlueCare. The telehealth services lets you see U.S.-trained, board-certified doctors from the comfort of home using a computer, laptop, tablet, smartphone or any device with internet and a camera.

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