The Seasonal flu is here, and a lot of us are getting sick experiencing the typical flu symptoms. That include fever, headaches, muscle and body aches, cough, sneezing, congestion, runny nose, stuffy nose, sore throat, and sometimes stomach symptoms. But many don’t realize that the flu can also cause serious complications such as pneumonia, worsening of existing health conditions, like heart disease and lung disease, hospitalization, and even death. Here are some essential tips for you to know now how to protect yourself and your loved ones:
How Is The Flu Spread?
The flu can be contagious one day before you feel sick until five days after getting sick, but this can vary. “According to a University of Michigan study, in some cases, only half of the people get infected will have symptoms.” “That means you can totally be unaware that you have the flu, but still have the virus in your body and be able to transmit it to others.” The virus is spread through bodily fluids, which someone may come into close contact with through coughs, sneezes, or by touching contaminated surfaces.
The Flu Shot
The most important thing you can do to fight the flu and to protect yourself and your loved ones is to get the flu shot. The flu shot is the only precaution that creates an immune response that is specific to the flu virus itself. “The CDC recommends the flu shot for everyone age six months and over,” “The vaccine is particularly important for populations at higher risk of severe infection, such as young children under the age of 5, adults over 50, pregnant women, and those with chronic conditions.”
How To Prevent The Flu Virus?
There are other measures besides the flu shot you can take to prevent the flu. Stay home while sick. Staying away from other people won’t do much for your illness, but it’s hugely important for flu prevention.
Wash your hands. “Wash your hands, more than you think you need to, scrub for 20 seconds (try singing “Happy Birthday”—twice) and dry your hands.
Cover coughs and sneezing. Coughs and sneezing can cause droplets to travel over 20 feet, and the droplets can stay suspended in the air for up to 10 minutes.
No touching your face. You can’t wash your hands every five seconds, so prevent any germs you may have on your hands from getting inside your body by keeping your hands away from your face. It’s a hard habit to break, but worth it!
Disinfect surfaces. Make sure to disinfect all the surfaces you touch. Keeping things clean will kill flu viruses. Use a solution that specifies on the label that it kills influenza viruses. Some places to pay close attention to include:
- door knobs
- light switches
- chair backs
- any other surfaces people frequently touch
Medications To Flight The Flu
Some medicines may help you feel better, like Tamiflu and other decongestants. But unfortunately, they won’t fight off the flu virus.
Ventilation Helps Reduce Flu Transmission
During the winter months, when the flu season is in full effect, it is not very practical to have windows open. A way to increase the ventilation in a home without compromising security and thermal comfort is to have an outdoor air intake tied to the HVAC system. Like our Solatube whole house fan that provides fresh air into your home. Cleaning the air and eliminating the unwanted dust and dog hair that compress your sinus. Here at Byers, we can install a whole house fan at your residence with an absolute minimum of disruption to your home, often in as little as a single afternoon.