It’s the winter.
It’s post-holidays.
It’s cold.

As we relax at the end of the self-induced “stress season,” our bodies may feel a little different. Different meaning, sicknesses sneak up on us.

I don’t think I am alone when I think to myself, “I don’t want to get sick.” This winter, I am trying my best to not only stay warm, but to stay healthy too.

I am not a medical professional, but I have spoken to members of our church who are in the medical field. Below are some ways to keep yourself, your family, and your church family healthy this winter.

Stay home if you’re sick.

Cover your cough and sneeze.

  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or napkin, if you have one, or
  • Cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve.
  • DO NOT cough or sneeze into your hands.
  • Wash your hands with soap or hand sanitizer after you cough or sneeze.

We have hand sanitizer around the building.

  • There are dispensers in the Lower Commons, Upper Commons, Fellowship Hall, and Sanctuary Narthex.

Practice good hand hygiene.

  • Aside from washing your hands after coughing or sneezing,
  • Wash your hands after using the restroom.
  • It is also important to wash your hands before you prepare or serve food or drinks.

Get a flu shot.

  • The Virginia Department of Health has confirmed that there are still flu shots available in Virginia.
  • Contact your Primary Care Physician to see if the flu shot is beneficial for you, and where you can get one.