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How to prevent spreading flu to your loved ones and others???

How to prevent spreading flu to your loved ones and others???

Last Reviewed : 12/17/2020
How to prevent spreading flu to your loved ones and others???

 

Contracting flu is common during flu season. It can happen to any of us. Taking precautions like hand hygiene can help but do not completely prevent acquiring flu from others. Once affected by flu, it is imperative to take some precautionary measures to prevent flu to spread to our own family members or colleagues. While getting treatment, here are some tips to prevent flu from spreading to your loved ones.

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water as the micro organism spread if you touch anything or your loved one. Hand hygiene is probably the single most important measure that helps preventing the spread.
  • Do not touch your face with your hands contaminated with micro organisms. Do not touch any one with your contaminated hands.
  • Wear a face mask as long as you have coughing and sneezing. Face mask prevents the aerosol particles spreading the virus.
  • Get vaccinated against flu. It may not provide complete protection against acquiring flu but it decreases the severity of the episodes.
  • Stay away from social gatherings. Several people can get infected at such gatherings.
  • Disinfect the surfaces that you touch with contaminated hands - TV remotes, computer mouse, laptops, phones etc.
  • If you don’t have napkins with you, sneeze or cough in your elbows as it minimizes the spread of the germs.
  • Use alcohol based hand solutions or gels. They are convenient to carry and easy to use. Remember, flu virus is a virus and antibacterial soaps are not effective. Any regular soap is fine for hand washing.
  • Do not share foods/drinks when you are infected.
  • Do not share pillows or blankets until your sickness resolves.
  • Do not let sick children share toys. Avoid sending your children to daycare or schools when they are sick.
  • Dispose the used tissues properly in the trash. Flu virus can stay alive for several hours outside the body.
  • Use vitamin supplements. Although there is no strong evidence that they help treat the illness, they may help boost your immunity.
  • General healthy measures like drinking plenty of fluids and taking good healthy nutrition is also helpful for faster recovery.

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