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Ways to prevent the flu

Health & Fitness - Saturday, February 08, 2020 1:03:29 PM

Variety is the key to proper nutrition and a balance diet . Eating just one of foods won’t be enough to help fight off the flu, even if you eat it constantly.Eating right is a great start, and there are other things you can do to protect your family and yourself from the cold, flu,and other illnesses. Start with these flu prevention basics and then read these Nine tips for flu-proofing your home.
1. GET  YOUR FLU SHOT
After  geting  a flu vaccination, your body releases antibodies that can protect you from the most common virus strains in any given season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).Although it's better to get your vaccine by the end of October, before flu season peaks between November and March, according to the CDC, it's not too late to get one now — the virus can continue to spread till the month of May.
2. STAY AT LEAST TWO, THREE FEET AWAY FROM ANYONE WHO'S COUGHING OR SNEEZING.
The flu virus is a parasite that hangs out in respiratory secretions that travel through the air in the form of small droplets; when projected by a cough or sneeze, they can fly about three feet before gravity takes over, A flu patient who's actively projecting these droplets by coughing or sneezing can contaminate the air you breathe ,so please maintain distance.
3. KEEP YOUR HANDS AWAY FROM YOUR FACE — AND NOSE.
Simply touching a surface won't give you the flu, until  the virus doesn't infect the skin .But your risk of getting sick increases when you touch an infected surface and transfer the virus to your face.
4. CLEAN COMMUNAL SURFACES AT LEAST ONCE A DAY.
The flu virus can remain effective without a host for about 24 hours, according to Doctors, all household surfaces are going to be contaminated with the flu virus if you're living with someone who is effected, and about 25 percent of people who become infected experience no symptoms but can still be contagious. It's why you should wipe down commonly-touched surfaces — think  fridge handles, phone chargers, and light switches — at least once a day using any standard household cleaner.
5. WASH YOUR HANDS AFTER TOUCHING ANY COMMUNAL SURFACES.
 Whether you're in a public place or in your home,(Touch a light switch, Communal keyboard, Water cooler,etc) wash your hands after handling any commonly-touched surfaces using soap and water afterward. Lather your hands  upto 20 seconds, then rinse under water, and pat dry with a clean towel or air dry.
 In the absence of a sink, use hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol is your next best step.
6. WEAR SURGICAL GLOVES WHILE TAKING CARE FOR SOMEONE WHO'S SICK.
Doctors and nurses wear disposable masks and surgical gloves to avoid contact with contaminated secretions and surfaces.
If you're not comfortable to suit up at home, just do frequent hand-washing is best bet when you're around anyone with the flu.
7. ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO TRASH THEIR OWN TISSUES.
This way, you can avoid direct contact with a sick person's respiratory secretions, which can carry the flu virus.
8. GET SUFFICIENT SLEEP.
 Doctor Says, Having appropriate sleep is a good habit for optimal immune system functioning and to prevent respiratory viruses like the flu. The average adult should have atleast  7 to 9 hours sleep per night,
according to the National Sleep Foundation.
9. R-E-L-A-X.
Guess what? the flu can make you sick as well as Stress can, too: People who report psychological stress are less likely to develop protective antibodies in response to the flu vaccine, so relax and take care of urself.
During a flu season like this, when the virus is spreading among humans in every type of environment and community, you're going to be exposed to it — even if you live in an overly sterile environment.
 

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