Germ and Virus Born Illnesses are a big problem in this area year round. To help stop such illnesses do the following:
Wash your hands in hot, soapy water, rinse thoroughly with clean hot water, dry with a CLEAN towel. Your hands are only as clean as the towel you use to dry with. If possible dry only with disposable paper towels.
Dont wash in the kitchen sink, you have a bathroom sink for that!! Using the kitchen sink to wash puts tons of germs into the sink and makes the faucet handles germy and covered in whatever you have touched. Sanitize your sinks and the dishpan after every use. Use a clean dish cloth/towel every day.
Wash your hands several times a day, especially before a meal, after using the toilet, after sneezing or blowing your nose, coughing, touching objects, body parts or pets, etc.
Attention Men [and Ladies who have nasty nails]!!! Clip your nails short, file away rough edges, clean all the dirt and poo from under the nails BEFORE you wash and make sure to clean good under them while washing. A small nail brush can be had for a dollar at any Dollar Store. Get one and USE it daily or more with hot soapy water.
Not only does this cleanliness look more presentable but it helps avoid skin tears that can get infected, not just on you but on others, as well as helping stop bacterial born stomach infections, etc.
A little hand cream wouldn't hurt anything either, as it helps keep the skin from cracking open and also makes for a smoother touch for your spouse or lover! An antibacterial gel wouldnt hurt either!
Don't pick your nose, use a tissue. If that wont remove it, use a Neti pot or Q-tip to dig it out. Cover your mouth and nose EVERY time you sneeze or cough! Not only does it keep snot from flying all over everything and everybody but it helps stop the spread of illnesses, and it's simply the polite thing to do. Put yourself in other people's shoes-would you want someone to sneeze and blow snot all in your face? No? I thought not. Would you want someone to sneeze and blow snot all over the food you are about to eat? No? I thought not. A little simple common courtesy and a lot of cleanliness is a great thing.