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VIDEO: Fighting off the Cold and Flu

27 Feb 2019, 8:36 am

The winter season brings an upswing in cases of the cold and flu virus. While we’re all cooped up indoors, germs are more easily transferred from person to person to surface, helping spread sickness.

This week’s WeatherNation “Tip of the Week” talks about ways to battle those pesky illnesses and stay healthy. WeatherNation’s John Van Pelt and meteorologist Shelly Lindblade spoke with clinical psychologist and behavioral scientist, Dr. Joshua Klapow, on the best tips to avoid getting sick in the winter month.


The top tips from Dr. Klapow are:

-Avoid touching your face, nose, and mouth area as germs easily transfer from your hands

-Wash your hands often with hot, soapy water. Wash for at least 20-30 seconds to kill all germs

-Cough/sneeze into the crease of your elbow, not your hands. This will minimize transfer of germs as you touch objects or shake hands

-Avoid other sick people. Keep distance between you and the sick person to prevent germ spread

-Take care of yourself! Get lots of sleep, exercise, and eat well to keep your immune system strong


Join us every week to WeatherNation for the “Tip of the Week”. John Van Pelt will bring you tips on everything from health, to safety measures, to family planning and preparedness for severe weather.