With flu season amping up and people in close contact for holiday festivities, it’s easier than ever to pick up a bug that can keep you on the sidelines, missing the holiday action.

During the holiday season, you may be welcoming people into your home, visiting friends and relatives at their homes and accepting invitation after invitation. Take care to ensure germs don’t make this year’s guest list, and know where these home invaders hide.

Kitchen: If you’re cooking a big holiday feast with your family, watch to make sure everyone washes their hands before helping prepare the family meal in the kitchen. You’d be surprised how many people don’t wash their hands before cooking or baking. If you touch raw meat, wash your hands with soap before touching any other food. Also, if you use a utensil to flip or stir raw meat, don’t use that same utensil again.

Bathroom: Even germaphobes may not realize they’re harboring germs in damp hand towels in their own bathrooms. To keep germs from spreading, replace those restroom hand towels with paper towels! They may not be as pretty, but paper towels can help get rid of germs and bacteria that live in damp towels.

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At Doctors Express Urgent Care Indianapolis, we want your holiday to stay merry and bright, not full of sickness and misery. Knowing how to keep germs at bay and recognizing where they could hide can help keep you and your home germ-free during the holiday season.