It’s the most awful time of the year…flu season. The flu virus, short for influenza, comes around at least once a year. It is worse than the common cold because it is caused by a different type of virus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the flu is very easy to catch. You are likely to get the flu simply touching contaminated surfaces, or standing up to six feet away from someone who coughs with the virus. Flu symptoms include nausea, vomiting, fever, sore throat, head and body ache, etc. To avoid contracting the flu you have to take special precautions. Below are 3 tips to avoid catching the flu.
Get a flu shot
Of course getting the flu shot is one of the best things you can do in flu prevention. According to the CDC, “Up to 20% of Americans get the flu each year. More than 200,000 people in the U.S. are hospitalized each year, and about 3,000 to 49,000 deaths are flu-related.”
Use Cleaning Products on Surfaces
Using Clorox wipes or at least some sort of surface cleaner will help to remove any germs that remain on surfaces. Be sure to wipe counters and table tops at least once a day. CDP reports that flu germs can last anywhere from 2 to 48 hours on a surface!
Wash Hands Thoroughly
According to Jessica Benton from Calico Industries, Inc. people need to “Wash your hands thoroughly.” Many people do wash their hands, but they do not do it thoroughly. You need to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. Make sure to wash between your fingers and underneath your fingernails.