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Simple Ways to Never Get Sick According to Doctors

MD shares five ways to avoid getting sick. 
FACT CHECKED BY Emilia Paluszek

With a deadly virus looming over us and flu season around the corner, staying healthy is vital and not taking care of yourself puts you at greater risk for COVID-19 and other infections. That said, there's simple things we can do to help prevent sickness and Dr. Bayo Curry-Winchell, Urgent Care Medical Director and Physician, Carbon Health and Saint Mary's Hospital shares with Eat This, Not That Health her tips for avoiding illness. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID.

1

Wash Your Hands Throughout the Day

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Dr. Curry-Winchell tells us, "Washing your hands after you use the restroom is a phrase we are all familiar with, however, it's important to exercise this routine after each meal or snack, and when you get home. Throughout the day we shake people's hands and touch several surfaces and objects. Washing your hands before you eat helps decrease the possibility of encountering bacteria or viruses that may cause you to get sick." 

2

Get Plenty of Rest

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Dr. Curry-Winchell reminds us, "It's important to get enough sleep each day. The CDC recommends adults would benefit from at least seven or more hours of rest in a 24-hour period. Studies have shown if you receive less than the recommended amount, it increases the risk of developing chronic health conditions such as diabetes." 

3

Healthy Diet

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Dr. Curry-Winchell says, "We are all familiar with the phrase, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." A healthy diet filled with fruit, vegetables, and protein can benefit your mind, body, and yes — your immune system (which is vital to keeping you healthy)."

4

Beware of Gloves

"Now more than ever we see people wearing gloves," Dr. Curry-Winchell states. "In theory, they do protect against disease if you use them correctly. However, when used on multiple surfaces, objects, or people, it can cause you to get sick. If you are in a situation where you are being served food or traveling (TSA) ask the server or agent to change their gloves before they touch your food or you!"

5

Try to Avoid Touching Your Face

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Dr. Curry-Winchell explains, "When your hands contact parts of your face — especially your mouth and eyes there is an increased risk of transferring bacteria and viruses that can make you ill."

Heather Newgen
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