Tips for staying healthy in flu season
Follow these tips to stay healthy and prevent the spread of viruses.
- Clean your hands. Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs and other viruses. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Viruses are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with a virus and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.
- Keep your distance. It’s easy to pass germs when you work or live in close quarters. Avoid close contact with colleagues, friends or family members who are sick.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and encourage others to do the same. Afterward, toss the tissue in the trash, and wash your hands thoroughly to remove germs.
- Stay home when you’re sick. If possible, stay home from work or school when you’re sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.
To help prevent the spread of viruses in your home
You keep your house tidy, but it’s tough to clean what you can’t see: invisible germs and viruses that cause the flu or common cold. Objects frequently handled by family members—such as telephones, doorknobs, the TV remote or the computer keyboard—are viral “hot spots” for lingering germs. Follow these tips to help prevent the spread of viruses in your home.
- Wash hands often—especially before eating, after using the bathroom, and before and after cooking. A thorough wash takes at least 15 seconds of rubbing hands together with soap and water. A paper towel is best for drying.
- Clean household surfaces often with disinfectant spray or antibacterial wipes.
- Wash bedding, towels and clothes with household detergent in hot water, and tumble dry on a hot setting.