St. Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching! Celebrated all over the world as a festive, raucous holiday, this celebration is one that can result in seasonal illness if you’re not careful. Read on below for some easy tips to keep the weekend festive + fun, while practicing easy hygiene habits to keep sickness at bay.
Opt-in for Exclusivity
One of the easiest steps you can take to prevent exposure to illness is to avoid crowds (the introverted members of our team are jumping for joy… internally). Keep your circle small this weekend and opt to attend a more intimate gathering or party, or host one yourself! To keep the exposure to COVID-19 down, have guests take an On/Go One test before they attend, and make sure you check in with all party-goers before the event to see how they’re feeling.
Keep it (Squeaky) Clean
We know, we know— you’ve heard it before, and you’ll almost certainly hear it again, but practicing consistent hand washing is one of the best and most effective ways to prevent unnecessary illnesses. If you’re going out this weekend, make sure to take the time to properly scrub your hands (the CDC recommends washing for at least 20 seconds). Additionally, coordinate with your group to take a break in between beverages to break out that hand sanitizer. We love these mini bottles that can clip onto a belt ring or purse!
Bring a Wipe
Speaking of portable sanitizers, you can never go wrong with stashing a pack or two of disinfecting wet wipes in your car, handbag, or pocket. These small containers won’t take up unnecessary room, but are perfect in a pinch. To practice safe celebrating, try rubbing down your seat and table before you sit. It might seem like an extra step to enjoying a meal, but will go a long way to eliminate undo exposure to those common springtime bugs.
Keep Your Distance (When you can)
While the phrase “social distancing” might give you flashbacks to 2020, fear not! Keeping a healthy distance from your fellow revelers is a simple step to help keep you + your crew safe from major expelled respiratory droplets (what leaves your body when you sneeze), as research shows they cannot travel more than 6 feet. As an added bonus, the distance will help keep your annoyance level low from the perma-sneezer behind you ;). When in doubt about the correct distance, imagine spreading your arms wide; this is the minimum distance you’d like to enforce.
Take Your Temp
This one might feel like a no-brainer, but it's important to remember to check in with yourself before you join others! FOMO can hit hard, but it’s ultimately only up to you to stay home if you’re not feeling in tip tip shape. Your friends can always take pictures and FaceTime you when they’re out, and you’ll feel better, faster, keeping your body home to rest and recuperate.
While exposure to illness and disease is unfortunately part of life, taking small steps can go a long way to keeping you unexposed. This St. Patrick’s Day, practice these illness-avoiding tips to help keep yourself and others in good health!