For National Doctors Day March 30 we honor the incredible physicians who work tirelessly for the well-being of our community. But, how do doctors themselves stay healthy? We ask Radmila Savcic-Kos, MD with Renown Medical Group to share her expertise on avoiding illness.
Prevention. Doctors say it’s the best way to avoid getting sick, especially when we’re exposed to germs. Keep the immune system ready to fight infection by eating a whole and balanced diet, exercising, decreasing stress, staying hydrated and getting enough shut-eye. Radmila Savcic-Kos, MD with Renown Medical Group shares some of her own tried-and-true tips to keep you healthy and out of the doctor’s office (unless you’re the doctor).
Dr. Savcic-Kos’ Top 3 Tips for Staying Healthy
In addition to preventive measures, Dr. Savic-Kos says there are three main ways to help reduce your chances of getting sick when you’re surrounded by others who are already down for the count.
Keep your hands clean.
It’s obvious, but underused: The single most effective way to prevent flu, cold or any contagious disease is by washing your hands. Respiratory infections are not only spread by air, but also by contact. Practice good hand hygiene by frequently washing your hands or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, and avoid touching your eyes, mouth or nose when you’re sick or in contact with others who are. (The World Health Organization says proper hand washing should take as long as it does to sing “Happy Birthday” twice.) Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue or a mask when working with others.
Update your shot records.
Dr. Savic-Kos says doctors should stick to the same advice they recommend to their patients: Keep your immunizations current, including the annual flu vaccine. All adults should also be immunized against other contagious diseases and illnesses including measles, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and pneumonia.
Tidy up at home.
It takes extra work, but it’s worth it to avoid a cold: If someone in your household has symptoms, wipe down the most frequently shared surfaces with a disinfectant. Don’t forget door and appliance handles, light switches, phones, television remotes, computer keyboards/mouse and video game joysticks. Use different bathrooms and different hand towels, and be sure to wash towels frequently. Wash toys and stuffed animals to remove germs.
What are your no-fail ways to stay healthy when your home or office is filled with the sounds of sneezing and coughing? Let us know below in the comments.