Step one: man up and get stuck. Step two: out­smart in­sid­i­ous viruses with our guide

Men's Health (Malaysia) - - Cover Stories - Source: Jef­frey Cain, M.D., Univer­sity of Colorado School of Medicine

Be the last man stand­ing while ev­ery­one is struck down by the bug that’s go­ing around.

1/ Get the Flu Shot

Tired of hear­ing this? We’re tired of say­ing it. You’ll pro­tect not only your­self but also your vul­ner­a­ble grand­mother and nieces.

2/ Get the Flu Shot

See what we did there? Vac­ci­na­tion is your best de­fense, and it comes with a bonus: it may lower your risk of heart trou­ble (atrial fib­ril­la­tion), de­men­tia and stroke.

3/ Kill Key­board Bugs

The Val­ley of Eww be­tween your com­puter keys is where germs like to hang out dur­ing flu sea­son. Go at it with a dis­in­fect­ing wipe (which will also kill viruses).

4/ Go off the Rails

Handrails, we mean. Just think of the hun­dreds of hands that were there, each rais­ing your odds of con­tam­i­na­tion. Use your el­bow in­stead if you need sup­port.

5/ Carry Your Own Pen

In fact, let’s make a blan­ket rule for the en­tire year: no us­ing other peo­ple’s things. Do you know who’s fon­dled that bank pen? We don’t ei­ther, and it ain’t talk­ing.

6/ Also, Lis­ten to Mum

You should stay home and keep your germs to your­self. And chicken soup re­ally can ease in­flam­ma­tion and com­bat flu. No word yet on her ap­ple pie.

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