So you know that guy or gal sitting across from you, or someone who’s sitting three cubicles away, or that lady standing right behind you at the grocery store check out line… they all have been constantly coughing, hacking, sneezing and wheezing all over their sleeve or keyboard or you.
Well first of all, they all should be at home and resting in bed and you as a healthy person, should be standing at least 2 to 4 feet away from that affected person at all times. The flu virus usually won’t make it past that distance, even if he/she has that explosive, violent sneeze.
Unfortunately as the weather, temperature and season changes, it invites the annual flu season and forces its ugly self upon all of us. These unwanted germs and viruses run amok throughout office buildings, the mall, grocery stores and even at home. There are however some effective simple ways to avoid this nasty influenza bug.
The flu virus shot will protect your body from getting sick, it also protects others who are susceptible and vulnerable around you from getting the flu as well.
So other that getting the influenza shot, there are additional safeguards and steps you can take to avoid getting sick.
We’ve all heard to keep our hands as clean as possible and avoid contacting outside sources. If that happens, always wash your hands. Make sure you wash them as often as possible using soap and water. Scrub you hands for at least 20 seconds and rinse well. When at work or elsewhere, never rub your hands over your mouth, nose or eyes, as those areas are the No 1 point of entry for the virus to enter into your body.
Always use a dry clean paper towel to dry off your hands and use the same paper towel to turn off the water taps and to open the door on any public washroom door. Alcohol-based hand soap or sanitizers seems to work the best to kill off bacteria.
If at work, be vigilant and strict about keeping your office or work surface as clean as possible. If you feel you are a bit under the weather yourself, “Stay At Home”, as it could turn worse. You are not doing yourself or anyone else any favors by taking your virus ridden self to work where the flu or cold symptoms you have can be easily spread amongst your coworkers.
When you are recovering from the flu or cold, which can last from 2 to 10 days, make sure you drink lots of water and fluids, get plenty of bed rest and stay away from other family members, especially someone with poor immune systems.
Some Flu And Common Cold Facts
Here are some facts you need to know about colds and the Flu:
• The unwanted flu is caused by 1 of 3 different influenza viruses each year worldwide. Flu shot vaccines are prepared annually to tackle the specific strain. You are vulnerable if you have a weakened immune system or are young or very old. You will have a greater risk of contracting the flu. For health-workers, flu vaccinations are a necessity.
• Flu’s are viral in nature and thus cannot be cured with antibiotics as they only cure bacterial infections.
• Colds and flu usually reside for up to 10 days, regardless of the type of treatment.
• Colds affects the head and neck, causes nasal discomfort, at times causes throat irritation and coughing. Children may experience a fever as well.
• Flu’s are usually more severe, it starts with a sudden fever and aches throughout the body, causing extreme fatigue and nausea. After a few days, the symptoms lead to a sore throat, coughing, and further bouts of fever. Symptoms usually linger beyond 10 days and at times, leaves a cough or fatigue beyond that.