With the winter months approaching and the risk of respiratory and gastrointestinal infections high, adopting effective strategies to ward off harmful microbes is crucial. Dr. Daniel Kuritzkes from Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital recommends key practices, including regular hand washing for at least 20 seconds, wearing masks in crowded indoor settings, and prioritizing vaccinations for COVID-19, RSV, and the flu. However, some commonly practiced habits, such as removing shoes indoors or washing groceries, may not significantly contribute to preventing winter bugs, underscoring the importance of informed decision-making in maintaining effective health habits.

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