We all know the standard ways of staying healthy and for this, you need to wash your hands and get a flu shot and add all the things that you can do if you do get sick such as a soup. But let us also know how doctors survive the cold and flu season. This is important as they are the ones who are surrounded by even more germs than most of us.

10 Tips from Doctors for Surviving Cold & Flu Season

1. Maximize the time of hand washing

Hand washing is really very important to prevent yourself from getting ill, but if you think that a quick rinse under the water will cut it you’re absolutely wrong. It’s very important to know that using soap alone is not enough but also to wash your hands for a long time is important. Forget to sing in the shower and try to sing while you wash your hands so that you extend the time washing them with soap and water. Although hand sanitizers are good it won’t be able to replace a proper hand wash that is with soap and water.

2. Change your clothes

Shoes and coats can breathe germs so you need to remove your clothes as soon as you get into the house, this is highly recommended by most of the doctors. It is the best idea if you think of completely changing your outfit when you get back home. And this is to be done especially if you’ve been to a place where there were a number of people.

For example the spots like the subway or any of the crowded restaurants. But at the very least if we consider, remove the shoes and your coat as soon as you can. Similarly, if you’re hosting a party, try to hang everyone’s coats in the closet, instead of tossing them on the bed.

3. BYO(Bring Your Own) pen

This is specifically important in settings such as the hospitals and doctor’s offices, the places where you unavoidably have to sign a number of forms. Pens can also be an absolute breeding ground for bacteria. You should always carry your own pen to reduce the chances of using a pen that has a virus on the surface.

4. Wipe your steering wheel

You almost certainly touch your steering wheels a number of times in a day, touching it with whatever you have touched throughout the day. Doctors say that you can keep disinfectant wipes in your car every time and wipe down the wheel before your drive.

5. Choose fist bump.

The greeting is necessary but it is not necessary that you always do by shaking hands. You can go for a fist bump as an alternative for shaking hands. Or you can do it the traditional Indian way with the ‘namaste’ to greet, convey respect and also maintain a safe distance. This decreases the extent of skin-to-skin contact and also the amount of bacteria that transfer through your fingertips. It is always a great thing as people are likely to touch their face, mouth, and eyes without thinking about the danger, and introduce germs directly into their body.

6. De-germify.

If you’ve been in close up contact with a person who was coughing and sneezing, so you don’t need to stress. This is because after being in contact with someone who is sick you have naturally spent 5-6 hours at another place. So the possibility is surely less. You can follow these to prevent yourself from any germs, wash your nose to clean out any germs which might be present in your sinuses and nasal cavity after that take a shower and change your clothes.

7. Use tissues

Doctors say that they cover their fingers by using a tissue before pressing any sort of buttons in an elevator. For you, this might seem a bit extra, but elevators are places which are confined with less air circulation as compared to a normal room and viruses tend to linger there. If you use tissues to press the buttons you will be adding an extra layer of protection.

Using a tissue doesn’t mean that you don’t have to wash your hands regularly. Cover your fingers with a tissue before you push the buttons. Don’t use your sleeves in place of tissue, as you can get germs on them, and these can be easily transported onto your body or face.

8. Gargles.

Your grandma might have suggested you for a gargle with warm salt water to deal with a sore throat when you were a kid, and doing this actually helps according to doctors. Doctors say that they do gargles when they feel a sore throat coming on. Gargling can be one of the remedies.

9. Hide your toothbrush.

If you there is a family member that is sick, make sure that you keep your toothbrush inside in another cabinet, rather than keeping it out where it might be exposed to germs. This can be an excellent way to prevent bacteria from getting onto you if there are people who might accidentally cough or sneeze in the bathroom. While we are discussing toothbrushes, make sure that you replace your toothbrush after you have been sick. This is necessary to avoid the danger of reinfection.

10. Get moving

It might be tempting to skip a workout when you are not feeling active, but it is a good idea to push through and do it anyway. Research by doctors shows, after your workout the immune cells look for viruses and kill them. This means that moderate exercise can help you to prevent yourself from getting sick. This can also help to fight for something that’s already in your body.

Exercise doesn’t mean that you need to push up a lot of weights and dumbbells; it should be a mild one to keep your body cells working and boost your immunity.


Doctors have the maximum risk of getting infected. But they take a lot of precautions to prevent themselves from such a situation. Prevention is better than cure.