Lately we are seeing an increase in Covid-19 cases as well as more people coming down with colds and flu. A change to colder temperatures always seems to lead to more illness in schools, workplaces, and homes. The increased number of sick people is not due to the drop in temperature. There is a variety of reasons for feeling under the weather this time of year. Here are the most common:
You may not have a cold at all. It could be allergies. Allergies tend to happen in spring and fall when there is more pollen and mold spores in the air. If you are spending more time indoors, make sure you replace your furnace filters and it might be time to get your air ducts cleaned.
If it is cold outside, chances are your nose will get cold on the outside and inside. This makes it harder for your body to fight viruses. A cool windy day can make it worse by drying out your nose, making it easier for viruses to get into your body.
Time Spend Indoors:
People tend to spend more time indoors as it gets colder. This makes it easier for germs to spread from one person to another. Being in a smaller, closed in area makes it easier to breath in germs from other people and there is a greater chance of touching a surface that is contaminated.
Less Vitamin D:
Time in the sun allows your body to make Vitamin D which helps your immune system work more efficiently. As the days get shorter and your time outside decreases, your Vitamin D levels drop weakening your immune system.
So, what can you do to help protect yourself? Here are some tips to help you stay healthier this fall.
- Wear a mask when you are around people, especially indoors.
- Wash your hands often.
- Do not touch your eyes, mouths, or nose.
- Stay away from people who are coughing and sneezing.
- Take Vitamin D supplements (talk to your doctor first)
- Wear a scarf around your nose and mouth when it’s cold outside
- Focus on healthy lifestyle habits such as limit the amount of alcohol you drink, stop smoking, avoid processed and junk foods, lower your stress, and get enough sleep