‘Tis the season to be wary. Coughs, colds and other symptoms brought about by influenza, or the flu for short, are spreading easily and so is the seasonal flu itself. Children and adults alike have been struck by it the past few months; and this year’s flu season have been declared an epidemic.
As a result, employees have been calling in sick, business operations are affected, children are missing precious school days, parents are worried, there was a shortage of vaccines at some point and a lot of people are at risk. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is a particularly dangerous strain detected to be the culprit for hospitalizing around 3,700 people in the country.
Even if it’s not as bad as the influenza epidemic of 1918-1919, which killed more than 20 million to 40 million victims around the world (that’s more people killed than World War 1), including 675,000 Americans, these are the modern times and we have the means and the knowledge not to suffer from the flu, much less die because of it.
“Chief among them is getting a flu shot,” said Kelly Arehart, Ph.D., Global Innovation Manager for The Healthy Workplace Project, Kimberly-Clark Professional. “But even people who get vaccinated can still get sick. There are additional precautions people should take to keep themselves and the people they spend the most time with healthy, such as adopting a simple three-step ‘wash, wipe, sanitize’ protocol.”
Whether you’re at home, at work, in school or other public places, here are more tried and tested tips to help decrease your chances of catching the flu. And don’t forget to spread the word to your colleagues, friends and family!
Wash & Sanitize Your Hands – Do this frequently using warm water. Scrub soap all over your hands for around 15 to 20 seconds, rinse, dry and apply sanitizers which contain 60% to 90% ethyl alcohol. Remember that some flu viruses can survive up to 2 hours on tables, hand rails, door knobs, phones, etc. So even if there’s no soap and water around, make sure to keep your hand sanitizer handy at all times.
Keep Filthy Hands Off – The flu viruses just love your eyes, nose and mouth. Why? Because that’s their gate pass to wreaking havoc. So unless your hands are totally clean, avoid touching your face. Also, cover your mouth with a disposable napkin every time you cough or sneeze and throw it away immediately into the trash bin. Don’t forget to wash your hands.
Keep Your Stuff Clean – Avoid sharing drinking glasses, cutleries and other utensils. Also, if you happen to share supplies and equipment such as laptops, phones, calculators, etc. remind everyone to wipe them down after using.
Stress Less and Sleep Tight – Avoid stress and make sure that you get the sleeping time you need. High stress levels combined with lack of sleep can contribute to a lower immune system which then leads to greater chances of catching the flu.
Purify, Purify, Purify – Here at PURE, we are always promoting good health and staying safe. Fresh air can be hard to come by nowadays and lack of fresh air means that the flu viruses could be riding the airwaves. Check out our state of the art Air Purifier and our Air Filter systems and see how our technology can help you to stay confident and safe indoors, lessening the chances of the flu looming over you and your family.
With all that being said, the bottom line to avoiding the flu is to keep ourselves and our surroundings clean all the time. But don’t forget the basics like keeping your body hydrated, eating healthy, exercising regularly, limiting your alcohol intake and finally, listening to what your body tells you: If you feel fatigued, take a rest and as they always say, if symptoms persist, consult your doctor.