It’s flu season and this year’s strain has been a doozy. On top of that, fears of other viruses are spreading like, well, viruses. But there are simple things you can do to keep you and your family protected from everyday germs.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you should:
- Get a Flu Shot – This is the number one way to prevent the flu. (It’s not too late in the season. Call Fairview Mesaba Clinics at 218-362-6937 to schedule.)
- Make Room – If you’re around someone sick, give them space and avoid contact. Try not to make the person feel like a leper, though. They’re suffering already. Just keep your distance in a respectful way.
- Take that Sick Day – You have personal days for a reason. Use them. While working may feel imperative, heading in when you are sick can extend your illness. Not only that, you may spread the sickness.
- Wash Your Hands – You touch a million little things every day, and so does everyone else. By using soap and hand sanitizer you are eliminating potentially bothersome germs.
- Keep Covered – A good way to prevent spreading germs is covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Use a tissue if it’s available, but an elbow is another good option.
- Avoid Nose, Mouth, or Eyes – Try to keep from touching these areas. They’re the fastest routes for germs.
- Practice Healthy Habits – Disinfect spaces in your home, get enough sleep, stay active, eat healthy foods, and stay hydrated.