Thousands of people take public transportation all around Chicagoland, every single day. And as we head into cold and flu season, you need to be thinking about ways to keep your health up! Last year, a record-breaking more than 80,000 people died from the flu. If you regularly take public transportation, you could be at a greater risk of contracting the flu or other viral illnesses this winter.
But you don't have to be a victim! There are many ways to keep yourself healthy and safe this winter.
Of course, the first and best thing you can do is to get a flu shot!
Next, when you're riding a train or bus make sure you have a barrier between you and whatever you're touching, such as gloves or a tissue. If you don't have anything to use, wash your hands as soon as you get off. The flu virus can live up to 48 hours on hard surfaces.
If you notice someone who looks sick, give yourself a minimum of three feet of space between them and you.
Carry hand sanitizer and tissues, and take a multivitamin every day. Staying hydrated will also help keep your immune system in tip-top shape!