Learn how to prevent the flu and you’ll save money and enjoy life. Every year, the flu infects millions of people, exacting a high cost in the form of lost time and productivity. The disease often causes sickness severe enough to warrant hospitalization. The worst cases of the flu lead to death. The flu spreads from one person to another, putting entire households at risk. Although flu relief products can help sick family members feel better, they won’t stop the spread of this contagious disease. The following five ways to combat the spread of the flu in your home will give you a good start.
1. How to Prevent the Flu: Humidity Control
During the winter, when the flu poses its greatest threat, people tend to spend more time indoors. The proximity of household members sets the stage for transmitting the disease, especially in low-humidity environments. Evidence exists that suggests maintaining a forty to sixty percent relative humidity reduces the longevity of the flu and the threat it poses. With the use of a hygrometer to measure indoor moisture and a humidifier, you can make your home an inhospitable place for the flu.
2. How to Prevent the Flu: Do the Laundry
Towels, blankets, sheets, and washcloths give the flu a haven, so make sure household members don’t share them and wash them in hot water. Wash your hands after handling dirty laundry to reduce the chance of catching the flu.
3. How to Prevent the Flu: Clean Surfaces
Counters, doorknobs, TV remotes, phones, and other surfaces harbor the flu virus, so make sure you periodically disinfect them with a disinfectant that has been rated effective against the influenza virus. Products that can help defend your home against the flu often say on their label that they kill viruses and bacteria.
4. How to Prevent the Flu: Filter the Air
During flu season, people keep windows and doors closed, keeping air and airborne viruses and bacteria trapped inside, increasing the likelihood of infection. Put an air filter with an HEPA filter in the spaces where you spend the most time to reduce the amount of airborne pathogens that can make you sick.
5. How to Prevent the Flu: Get Vaccinated
The flu vaccine can make people immune to the flu. Have as many household members as possible get vaccinated to improve the chance that your home will stay free of contagion. Places to get the flu vaccine include your doctor’s office, pharmacies, and your local health department.
Don’t let the flu keep you and your loved ones away from work and school. Keep your home safe from the flu this season by taking the simple precautions listed above. If all goes as planned, you will have a healthy and happy winter.
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