Flu season starts

Nobody likes to be sick. Being in the bed for days and unable to do their daily tasks is really boring!

Flu season is nearly here and there are few information that we would like to share with you to keep you aware how flu or influenza is caused, spread and how to prevent them. 

Influenza viruses can spread mainly in two ways:

  • Respiratory droplets from an infected person’s coughs or sneezes
  • Touching contaminated surfaces and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes. For example, touching an infected person’s hand and then touch your eyes. 
The symptoms can develop only one day after they get contagious and may get sick up to seven days. The contagiousness decreases rapidly after  five days. 

Children can be contagious for longer period, especially young kids. 

 

Influenza viruses can survive on uncleaned hard surfaces for up to two days. So you should clean frequently touched surfaces regularly such as door handles, fridge doors and benches. 

Moreover, these viruses can survive up to 30 minutes on uncleaned hands and on cloth and paper for up to 12 hours. 

The best way to protect you and your family from the pandemic influenza is by getting vaccinated against it. The risk of getting and transmitting the disease reduces by getting vaccination. However, remember that the vaccine can take time to develop immunity and meanwhile, people who are affected can spread the viruses already if you contact them physically. 

You can minimise this spread by maintaining a good household and personal hygiene and avoiding close contact from others. 

 

Ways to prevent the spread of influenza viruses

  • Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze and cough. 
  • Wash your hands. 
  • Don’t share personal items.
  • Clean household surfaces such as tables, benches and door knobs. 
  • Avoid close contact with others if you are unwell with flu. 
Try to remain at home and avoid going out when you are sick to reduce the spread. It is recommended to wear a mask while you are in public. 

Try not to visit other people who have the flu unless it is necessary and try to keep your sick household member separate from other to avoid close contact. 

If you’re a carer of a sick person, try wearing the masks before serving them closely. 

Be prepared if the pandemic occur. There are several ways to do that:

Talk to your family and friends if you have to stay at home for the whole week if you’re sick. 

If you’re a single carer, parent or live alone, try to get help from your closest friend or relative in case if there is any sort of emergency. 

Get someone to take care of your children if the school/ daycare closes unexpectedly due to a pandemic and if you still have to work. 

Keep the phone number of your doctor and health line information in an easy accessible place. 

Teach children about hand washing and cough etiquette. 

 

 

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