Smart Ways to Shutdown the Flu
By Sandy Schroeder
We all know this is one of the worst flu seasons in a long time, but sometimes we forget to take simple steps to shut it down. Keeping everything clean and avoiding sick people really may help you and your family stay well.
Here are some good reminders from the Washington Post.
Avoid people who are sick – Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth. If you have to go to work, watch out for coughing people and avoid using community kitchens, coffee pots and microwaves. Wipe down keyboards, desks, doorknobs and phones.
If you are sick, stay home – Wear a mask if you have to go out, cover your mouth when you cough. Stay hydrated, exercise and eat healthy to boost the immune system.
Avoid exposing elderly people – During flu outbreaks, visitations are often limited for senior nursing facilities because seniors are so vulnerable. Keep an eye on any seniors in your family to quickly spot flu symptoms which can lead to pneumonia. If there is high fever or difficulty breathing take them into an ER.
Know the flu symptoms – Fever and body aches are common with flu, along with coughs and congestion.
If you are vulnerable, see a doctor – The young, elderly, and patients with diabetes or heart disease, should see a doctor. Also see a doctor if you are having trouble breathing or controlling a fever.
More Ways to Avoid Spreading Germs
Use these simple tips.
Frequently wash hands – Scrub hands for about 20 seconds under hot water with soap between fingers and around the thumb. Use liquid soap dispensers or pumps.
Remove toothbrushes – If someone in the family has flu or a cold, separate their toothbrush from others and replace it with a new one when they are healthy again.
Frequently wash towels and bedding – Try to isolate sick family members and wash sheets, towels, and pillowcases every day or two in hot water.
Use disposables – Paper towels, plates and cups can keep germs down. Avoid using community towels in the kitchen and the bath. Also use the sanitizing cycle on the dishwasher.
Keep humidifiers clean – Added humidity can help sinus conditions and people with colds, but make sure humidifier tanks are changed and thoroughly cleaned weekly to avoid breeding and spreading germs.
Wipe remotes, doorknobs and switches – Use lots of wipes to get rid of germs and provide wastebaskets with plastic liners for all of the discards.
Shop at off hours – Avoid going to the store in peak shopping hours. Shop early or late and avoid coughers in the store. Then scrub your hands when you come home.
Monitor family members – Flu symptoms with a high fever can come on quickly. Keep an eye on family members and check symptoms with your doctor or ER.
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