(Health) Sure, they get snickered at but their habits can help you stay healthy. Borrow their bug-proofing habits during sniffle season:
Wash up, often
According to the latest research, scrubbing for just 10 seconds with soap, then rinsing with water, cool works as well as hot, is usually enough to rid your hands of germs. Need some motivation to count all the way to 10? Consider that a coworker with a cold or the flu will likely contaminate the office kitchen within a mere two hours.
Crack a window
A little fresh air will keep airborne viral particles circulating, so you’re less likely to pick them up, explains says Holly Phillips, M.D., an internal medicine physician in New York City and the author of The Exhaustion Breakthrough. ”
Quit touching your face
It’s more difficult than you think: The average person reaches up to their nose or mouth a few times every hour. But it’s worth making an effort to break the habit. “Not touching your face greatly cuts your odds of getting sick,” says Margarita Rohr, M.D., an internist at NYU Langone Health.