It’s been a rough flu season this year and the CDC recently announced that we still haven’t seen the peak despite 85,000 confirmed cases. The actual numbers are probably much higher since most people don’t seek treatment.
While the flu simply runs its course for most people, this year’s strain has caused some pretty severe symptoms. Some people have even died. So what’s the secret to staying healthy when influenza seems to be everywhere?
An ounce of prevention is worth….
A pound of cure, and probably some unused sick time. Despite the fact that we have drones delivering televisions, we still haven’t cured the flu. Your best weapon is the same as your great-grandparents: avoidance.
Protecting yourself during the flu season
- Wash hands – Touching your eyes, nose or mouth is the most common way the flu spreads. The flu can live on non-porous surfaces for up to two days. Washing your hands or using an effective hand sanitizer throughout the day is the best way to stay healthy.
- Get a flu shot – The flu shot is safe and usually effective, but it still doesn’t totally prevent you from getting sick. It’s available at most drug stores.
- Stay home when you’re sick – Hey, it’s all about the herd. If you do get the flu, forget what your kindergarten teacher told you and DON’T share. Stay away from work or school or until you’re feeling better. If you need to travel, consider wearing a surgical mask to protect others.
- Humidify your space – Dry air increases your chances of getting sick, so using a whole-home humidifier can help protect you and your family.
Each flu season is a new battle, so understanding how to stay protected is a skill that will serve you. Since the flu virus mutates often, chances are the above list could be your great-grandkids best bet too!