Hosting a holiday party?
‘Tis the season to be jolly…and germy.
If you are planning a party this holiday season, keep the following tips from Infection Preventionist Laurel Mode of Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal, Ill., in mind in order to keep you and your guests healthy.
Avoid big bowls of food
Don’t have bowls of food available like chips or candy where guests may dig in with a potentially unclean hand. Consider what you might be able to offer in single-serving containers, or have utensils that are convenient for them to use when taking from a larger container.
Mark glasses to make sure they stay separate and no one is sharing drinks. For adults, this may mean wine glass charms. For kids, you can prepare supplies for them to decorate their own cup and make it easier for them to keep track of which cup is theirs.
Have a supply of tissues
One of the best ways to prevent the spread of germs is to cover your coughs and sneezes, ideally into a tissue. Droplets can travel a fair distance in the air, so it’s a good idea to have tissues available for your guests.
Graciously accept declinations
Let your guests know that they are not obligated to come. Many guests don’t want to disappoint you, but if they are not feeling well, bringing their illnesses into your home may be far more disappointing.
About the Author
Lynn Hutley, health enews contributor, is coordinator of public affairs and marketing at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center and Advocate Eureka Hospital in central Illinois. Having grown up in a family-owned drug store, it is no surprise that Lynn has spent almost 18 years working in the health care industry. She has a degree in human resources management from Illinois State University and is always ready to tackle Trivia Night.