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The Do’s and Don’ts For Flu Season

With flu season in full swing, and the introduction of the corona-virus, we are living in uncertain times, but with a little common sense and some pro tips from us, you can survive flu season 2020. Here are the do’s and don’ts to consider if you don’t want to get sick, or at least avoid it like the plague.

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The Do’s

Do consider getting a flu shot

Flu shots are the best defence against the flu. Many have their doubts about vaccines, but in truth, if you want to protect yourself and your loved ones from illnesses like the flu, then you should strongly consider getting a flu shot. If you are concerned about the flu shot, please consult with your doctor to see if it is right for you.

Do wash your hands

It is unfortunate that in this day and age we have to mention this at the top of our list, but, sadly, hand washing is skipped by many Americans, mostly adults, who should know better. Keep your hands clean at all times and use hand sanitizer before shaking someone’s hand or taking an object from them. Hand sanitizer kills 99% of bacteria and germs. Please note that the CDC categorizes the flu as viral, so the hand sanitizer will help fight off other illnesses but not the flu.

Do take vitamins

With a healthy immune system, you are less likely to succumb to illness. Research shows that taking minerals, such as zinc, can help you fight the cold, which is often mislabeled as the flu.

The flu is a viral infection, as such, if you have a weakened immune system, then you are more likely to have the flu worse than others. So, why not consider adding a vitamin to your daily regimen?

Do consider wearing a mask

You may look a little scary to those worried about the virus, and you might have a park bench to yourself with others avoiding you, but you lessen your chances of catching the flu virus from others around you. The mask will protect your mouth and reducing the possibility that you breathe the flu in. Masks are a cheap and effective way of protecting yourself from the virus and other ailments. You can find surgical masks and other medical supplies you need at an online medical supplies store such as USA Medical and Surgical Supplies. 

Do stay positive

Getting sick is never fun, but with the right mindset, you will get through the illness. Being positive is not going to cure your illness, but it can reroute your mindset and help you focus on doing things that make you feel comfortable.

The Don’ts

Don’t sneeze into your hands

Sneezing into your hands will cause the virus to be all over your hands. If you sneeze and then touch your face without washing your hands, you will probably spread the virus.

Don’t go to work or school if you are sick

In today’s economy, this is an impossible task, but if you can, please stay home when you are sick. This year’s virus is particularly nasty, as such, many people are getting the flu twice and a tougher, more aggressive strain has arisen this year.

The truth is those office buildings and schools are breeding grounds for illness. Air conditioning and heating units are to blame for this as they do nothing but circulate the sickness around the building until the whole office is out sick.

What else should I consider this flu season?

The flu is particularly nasty, and it can knock the very old and the very young off their feet. If you have elderly neighbours or relatives, please have a plan in place to look after them if they come down with the flu. Check-in on them and encourage them to get a flu shot if they can. Most insurance companies offer the shots for free as does Medicare.

There are a lot more do’s and don’ts out there to consider when dealing with an illness such as the flu; however, with proper hygiene and strict precautionary measures, you can fight off the flu this season.

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