The dreaded cold and flu season is here. In the US it ranges from November through April. And according to the CDC, 5% – 20% of the US population catches the flu annually.
Here are some tips to help you avoid being a victim:
- Clean and wipe down shared surfaces such as countertops, keyboards & phones
- Avoid touching you mouth, nose & eyes, and wash your hands thoroughly and often
- Get a flu shot if possible – it’s most important for children & elderly
- Eat healthy foods to strengthen your immune system
- Exercise moderately to maintain a healthy immune system
- Ask your doctor about vitamin supplement to help support your immune system
- Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated
- Get plenty of rest
- Try to avoid people who are sick & know when to stay home if you become sick
Recognizing the symptoms of the Cold and Flu plays a key role in knowing if you ultimately fell victim.
- The symptoms of the cold include:
- Sore throat
- Cough,chest discomfort
- Mild fatigue
- Runny nose
- Fever and headache are rare
- The symptoms of the flu are:
- High fever 102-104 degrees Fahrenheit
- Extreme fatigue
- Dry cough and sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle aches
- Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
Infection can occur 1 day before and up to 5 days after becoming sick. So it is important for you to do your part to prevent the spread of germs.
- Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough.
- Use tissues when you sneeze or if you have the sniffles.
- If tissues aren’t available, sneeze into your sleeve – it is another great weapon against germs.
- Toss tissues in the trash and
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Any kind of soap is effective in removing germs if you vigorously rub your hands together under running water for at least 15-30 seconds.
Sharing isn’t always Caring
Stay home if you
- Have a fever
- Cannot control your sneezing and coughing
The National Safety Council published Facts About the Flu. Feel free to download it and share with your team members and family.