With the changing of the seasons, from the summer months into the rapidly approaching winter months, the dreaded flu season is rearing its head and taking hold. From young and old, the flu does not discriminate, and will find its way into your system, making you feel tired, red nosed and very blue from a hacking cough.
Take heed this season with a few preventative tips to ensure you have good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. There also are flu antiviral drugs that can be used to treat and prevent flu.
Here are some helpful health tips:
1. Avoid close contact.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
2. Stay home when you are sick.
If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.
3. Cover your mouth and nose.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Use the “vampire technique” and cough into your elbow crook, this way you are not putting germs onto your hands, and then touching others or surfaces with your germs.
4. Clean your hands.
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Keep a pack of wet wipes in your bag or desk draw, they are very useful for when you do not have access to a tap or running water.
5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
6. Practice other good health habits.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
7. Eat Healthy.
Boost your system with fresh fruit, rich in Vitamin C or eat the seasonal vegetables. Chicken soup is also said it have great immune system booster, so make a pot and share with family and friends. Drink lots of water and stay hydrated.
8. Keep your lips off infected partners.
The flu virus is contagious beginning the day before you experience your first symptom, any time a fever is present, and up to a week after the last symptom subsides. It’s carried in saliva, so kissing a flu carrier’s mouth or face is risky during this time.
9. Give sick sleeping partners their own pillow, and have them sleep on their own side.
Like other communal surfaces, blankets and pillows, particularly in shared beds, can host the flu virus for about 24 hours. Although it is best to avoid sharing a bed with an infected partner — particularly when he or she is coughing or sneezing — you can avoid infection by keeping to yourself once in bed, and changing the linens if your partner steals your pillow. In the same vein, if flu-infected roommates take up residence on the couch, have them use their own pillows and blankets, or avoid snuggling up in the same spot for 24 hours.
10. Get sufficient sleep.
The average adult should clock between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night, to get the necessary amount of sleep to keep you healthy and fit.
Remember your health must be a priority in your life, and should you succumb to the flu or feel unwell, you must consult your local GP or clinic.
Ref: cdc.gov, Cosmopolitan