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Avoid Illness This Flu Season

Washing Hands

The best way to combat an illness is to avoid being exposed to people showing symptoms. However, if you can’t steer clear of sneezing or coughing coworkers, you can at least take these steps to prevent the spread of germs during flu season:

 

Wash Your Hands

Wash your hands often with soap and water, if you’re in a situation without soap and water, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

 

Clean Frequently Touched Surfaces

Also, keep in mind that the flu virus can remain on surfaces for up to 48 hours, so it’s important to clean objects that are used often.  Frequently touched surfaces or objects can transfer germs when someone comes into contact with them, then touches their mouth, nose, or eyes. This can be done with a disinfectant spray or by simply using soap and water.

 

Coughing/Sneezing Etiquette

To reduce the spread of germs, cough or sneeze into a tissue. Dispose of it after use and make sure to wash your hands. If there’s no tissue available, sneeze or cough into your bent arm. Travel size tissue packs and hand sanitizers are very helpful during flu season. Make it a habit to keep these items at your desk as well as in your car.

 

Drink/Eat Vitamin C

Vitamin C may reduce the severity and duration of illness, but it hasn’t been proven to cure or prevent infection. Drinking ginger or green tea can stimulate the immune system to fight off infections and may help lessen symptoms.

 

Stay Home If You Feel Symptoms

While you can do your best to avoid illness, in some instances the spreading of germs will seem unavoidable. If you develop flu-like symptoms including fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills or fatigue it’s recommended you stay home.

Know your employer’s sick leave policies and seriously consider staying home if you are sick (if you’re able to).

 

Realistically, some people don’t have the ability to stay home when they’re sick. This definitely creates a challenge when trying to avoid germs at school or work. Help prevent the spread of illness by limiting exposure to yourself and others, and use these helpful tips to stay healthy this season!