It looks like every season of the year has its sickness, and late fall all the way through winter is flu season. While it’s impossible to 100% protect yourself against the flu, there are quite a few things you can do to try to keep it away from your door.
Good hygiene is one of the best ways to protect yourself from any sickness including the flu. We touch dozens, if not hundreds, of things every day that other people have handled: doorknobs, pens, keypads, touch screens, railings, and so many more. Then we touch our eyes, nose, mouth, or food, and give the germs from all those things we touched an open invitation inside us. Make a habit of washing your hands using plenty of soap and warm or hot water every time you use the bathroom, after you are in public places, and before you eat. If you can’t wash right away with soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
The other major way to protect yourself from the flu is to get the vaccine each year. The vaccine is most effective in the months after you receive it and then the effectiveness fades. The vaccine is also targeted toward the expected strain outbreak, which changes yearly. If you haven’t gotten your vaccine yet, it’s not too late to do it.
If you’ve recently been around someone who is sick, disinfect everything that they could have touched (or that you could have touched after being around them), especially the often overlooked stuff. If you’re not sure, now is a great time to do a winter deep clean: disinfect all of the toys, surfaces, doorknobs, drawer pulls, toilet flush handles, and anything else that people touch. The flu virus can be airborne and has been known to travel up to 10 feet, so clean everything well. Finally, change out everyone’s toothbrushes for new.
Keep Your Germs
If you feel like you’re getting sick, do everyone else a favor and stay home. Let someone else do the work and pick up the slack while you rest and recover. If you’re a manager or business owner, encourage your employees not to spread germs around the office by coming in sick. If you absolutely must go out for something, wear a face mask, so you don’t cough and sneeze your germs around.
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