Don’t touch this. Or that. Whether on the subway, store, sporting event, school or work, when you know the flu is going around, you are afraid to touch anything (or anyone, for that matter). And, using hand sanitizer every time you leave the house is causing your hands to be drier than the Sahara. But before you invest in a lifetime supply of Purell, there are a few ways to avoid flu season.
While influenza viruses (flu) do occur all year-round in the United States, they are most common during the fall and winter. Increased activity starts happening in October and peaks between December and February. Unfortunately, flu season can last well into the spring, sometimes not ending until May. According to the CDC, the 2015-2016 flu season did not peak until March 2016 and was more moderate than in previous years. Getting the flu is particularly serious for the very young and elderly, with 31.3 hospitalizations due to influenza per 100,000 population during that flu season.
Too Sick for Netflix
The flu is a very contagious respiratory sickness caused by influenza A or B viruses. Similar to a cold, it attacks the body through the upper and lower respiratory tract, however, symptoms are more severe than that of a cold. Common symptoms are aches, chills, fatigue, weakness, and a high fever on top of the cold symptoms. Imagine being too sick to even watch Netflix!
Faster Than Wildfire
Part of why the flu is dangerous is because it spreads easily and quickly. The flu virus can spread rapidly through large groups of people who are in close contact such as classrooms, offices, college dorms, and nursing homes. An influenza pandemic is when the disease spreads rapidly around the world. It has happened several times throughout history.
Don’t Hand Me No Lines and Keep Your Hands to Yourself
The flu virus is spread when someone who has the virus coughs or sneezes. If they don’t cover the cough or sneeze, mucus drops pass through the air and land on anyone who is nearby. Or, if you touch flu germs on a surface and then your eyes, mouth or nose, you can transmit the virus to yourself. Flu viruses can live for more than two hours on hard surfaces like doorknobs, tables, and desks.
Back the Heck Off
Spreading germs is common in close quarters especially during the winter when everyone is indoors. To avoid getting the flu, keep your distance from someone who is sick or getting over the flu. Wash your hands often, but especially before you eat and after being in public places. Disinfect surfaces like computer keyboards, doorknobs, faucet handles, and countertops often.
And if you are the one who is sick, stay home to avoid giving the flu to others at school or work and cover your mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze. Throw tissues out immediately after using them.
Staying healthy and keeping your immune system high during flu season will lessen the chances of catching the virus. Getting plenty of rest, eating well, and regular exercise can keep your immune system operating optimally. If you have been exposed to the virus, or feel your immune systems needs strengthening, Cold Fix is the way to go. Visit our website at www.coldfixnow.com to get yours before flu season strikes.