Dealing with the virus that causes the flu can be difficult. Doctors and Health officials recommend getting a vaccine against the flu every year, and they urge everyone to protect themselves with an age-old tactic: wash hands often. This may be the best way to stop the disease in its tracks.
How often does this happen in your home? One person got a cold or the flu, and before you know it, everyone has it. Flu can spread rapidly from one household member to another, but there are many steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of infection. Keeping your home clean, sanitary surface, and practicing healthy habits can go a long way toward lowering the risk of flu. To protect your home and you’re loved ones, follow these simple steps:
1. Cleaning Surface That See Frequent Use. Flu can spread rapidly, and germs often linger on the most frequently touched surfaces in the home. That means it’s important to clean surfaces regularly during the flu season, with disinfectant wipes or other similar cleaning tool. Pay special attention to doorknobs, faucets, lights, tool handles, countertops, and any other surfaces that are often touched by the different members of the household.
2. Do not Forget to Clean Electronics and Mobile Devices. While you sanitary surface, it is easy to forget electronics commonly used as a remote control, game controllers, smartphones, computers, and tablets. It is often among the items most often used in the home, so it’s important to clean them well. If you have questions about how to safely clean electronic devices in your home, consult the manufacturer’s instructions.
3. Clean your house often entire Flu Season. In addition to commonly used surface sanitation and electronics, you will want to take other steps necessary to maintain the cleanliness of your house throughout the flu season. Pay special attention to the kitchen, bathrooms, and other areas that see high traffic of some members of the household. Use the dishwasher to get the extra dishes clean, rather than washing them by hand. Be sure to wash towels, cloths, sponges and other cleaning tools that you use.
4. Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing. Preventive measures are the most effective flu often tips that we’ve all heard since childhood, but that does not make them any less important. Shut your mouth when coughing or sneezing is the key to preventing the spread of germs throughout your home, and it’s something that every member of the household can do. Keeping your mouth closed to help keep germs spread, and stick to the surface you are working hard to keep clean.
5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. No matter how much you clean, there is no way to get rid of any germs that lurk around the house. During flu season, try to avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth to keep germs that you have touched from getting into your system. This is particularly important when other members of the household has the flu, but it is a good move even when everyone feel good.
6. Wash hands regularly. Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly is one of the most important, simple steps you can take to reduce the risk of flu. Even if you do not do anything to take away the germs, wash hands regularly as a precaution.
Although there is no way to eliminate the risk of spreading the flu in your home, take the necessary steps to prepare for the flu season can reduce your risk. Always keep your house as clean as possible, clean the surface including electronics, and practice simple, healthy habits to reduce the risk of getting the flu this year.
View From the Experts: Protecting Your Home Against Flu, Coronavirus and Other Illnesses
“If you’re sick, it does make sense to steer clear of household members as much as you can, though a strict quarantine is likely not necessary. It should also be emphasized that [just] as important as household quarantine is making sure that you stay home from work or school when you are ill to prevent spread to others.”
– Dr. Stacey Rose, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston
“You’ve got a lot more mucus production, coughing, et cetera. It sets you up for possibly a bacterial infection [such as bacterial pneumonia] on top of [flu symptoms].”
– Dr. Peter Shearer, Director of the Emergency Department at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City
“Soap and waterworks really well. It can dry your hands out a little bit more but when you do it, you want to do it right. That means getting your hands wet with warm water, cleaning them, getting all of the surfaces with soap for 20 seconds — that’s a full time through ‘Happy Birthday’ — and then also rinsing them off afterwards.”
– Emily Landon, Medical Director for Infection Control at the University of Chicago Medical Center
“Sanitizer might feel like a modern-day, scientific, and more clinical upgrade to soap. But I’m here to tell you that soap — all sorts of it: liquid, solid, honeysuckle-scented, the versions inexplicably only marketed to men or women — is a badass, and even more routinely effective than hand sanitizer. We should be excited to use it, as much as possible.”
– Brian Resnick, Senior Science Reporter at Vox.com
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