Many of us spent the last year and a half inside, obsessively washing our hands and avoiding interactions. While it may not have been the focus, “we did see the common cold and flu go down because we have all been at home, wearing masks and social distancing,” integrative family physician Bindiya Gandhi, M.D., tells mbg. “I foresee these things picking up again, even more so once our kids are all back in school.” 

So, as people begin to widen their social circles and transition back to in-person gatherings, it’s important to maintain a strong immune system. Here are a few tried-and-true ways to do that, according to health experts:*