Influenza, or better known as the flu, is a contagious respiratory disease that is caused by the ever changing virus. Most people know what causes the flu, but inc Case you don’t here are some symptoms of the flu. Don’t confuse the flu with the common cold, because the flu is one virus and the common cold can be one of over 200 viruses.
There are many old-wives tales, and cold hard facts on what you can do to avoid getting the flu. Here is a list of not so obvious tips, and some obvious tips you can do to avoid the flu this season.
The Not So Obvious
Add an extra pillow:
: This is a great natural way to help with the drainage of nasal passages. Pack an extra pillow under your head and that steeper angle will help relieve some congestion.
No bar soap:Bar soap is the old hand washing staple, but it is the biggest breeding ground that viruses and bacteria love. Try using liquid antibacterial soap instead, even that fun foamy pump soap even.
No hanky:We know they are the biggest trend in Mad Men, but a handkerchief is just a cold waiting to happen. Use the disposable tissues and throw them out after each nose blow, and then wash your hands.
Use paper towels and use them to turn off the faucet:This tip is similar to the hanky tip, you don’t want anything hanging around that is loaded with germs. Dry off hands, and throw away. The motto here: one and done. Before you toss out that paper towel, us it to turn off the faucet and open the door on your way out.
Sneeze into your elbow or shoulder:This tip has been around for a few years now, but don’t sneeze right into your hands. You use them for everything, touching everyone and passing off those nasty germs you sprayed into your hands.
Hand sanitizer:This is one of the easiest ways to prevent the flu. Hand sanitizer is everywhere now they can hook onto your bag, stay at your desk, and even at the DMV. One squirt, and rub it in. Easy does it.
Wash hands:The old stand by for many years and still a great option. The frequency of the hand washing is what is important. Before, during and after you prepare food, after the bathroom, petting animals and when you feel your hands are dirty. You should wash hands more often when someone is sick and during flu season at work.
Clean toys or other things kids play with:Kids spread germs like wildfire, so be sure to wash their toys with warm water and soap to eliminate some of the chance of then catching the flu.
Steer clear of sick people:This might seem like some serious common sense, but people still fail to use it. When someone is sick, steer clear, don’t be sharing drinks or food with that person. These rules go for your significant other as well.
Use a water bottle and avoid the fountain:The classic drinking fountain is loaded with germs and especially when everyone in the office stopping by to wet their whistle. Bring one of those awesome Sigg bottles or any other type of reusable bottle and that will at least wrangle your germs to your own bottle.
Drink hot liquids and take a hot shower:This is a classic tip because people usually love the hot tea, but drinking hot liquids help the uncomfortable scratchy and itchy throat and bring you some relief. Same deal goes for the hot shower. The steam will help unclog your stuffed up nose and help you relax.
Get the flu shot:Some people swear by the shot and get it every year. Others have never had a shot
Have any flu tips, obvious or not, that we missed? Share below in the comments and stay germ free this flu season.