Easy Tips to Avoid Getting Sick in the Winter


Winter has come to El Paso. And with it, the sniffles, coughs, and colds.

I grew up hearing that if you get too cold, you’ll get sick. This is ingrained in me. Sleeping with less than two or three heavy blankets was a big no-no. So was going outside without five layers of clothing.

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As a kid, I hated this. Now as a mom, I see the thought process behind it.

But I want to do right by my kids. I strive to make well-informed decisions in every area of our lives. So, I’ve done a lot of research on how cold weather affects us and why it seems like people tend to get sick a lot more in the winter.

First, the cold weather itself doesn’t make us sick. But it does create conditions that make us more susceptible to getting sick:

We can’t do anything about the weather, but we can find ways to beef up our immune system and restrict our exposure to germs. Here are a few tips that I’ve found useful.

Easy Tips to Avoid Getting Sick in the WinterTips to Boost the Immune System

Tips to Limit Exposure to Germs

  • Wash your hands regularly.
  • Sneeze/cough into the inside of your elbow or clean tissues.
  • Do not share food, drinks, or utensils with other people.
  • Clean and disinfect high-traffic areas in your home (doorknobs, sink faucets, keyboards, TV remotes, kitchen counters, etc).

Cold temperatures don’t make us sick, germs do.


But research does indicate that cold weather creates conditions that help germs thrive. We need to counteract this by boosting our immune system and avoiding contact with germs. Incorporating these simple tips into our everyday routines, especially during the colder months, should help keep our families healthy.

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