It's flu season coming up, and no one wants to catch the flu so make sure to be taking precautions this year! While there are may ways to prevent the flu, washing hands, getting vaccinated and wearing a mask are the top three! Facemasks add an extra layer to protect you from all the germs that people spread.
According to Dynarex, "If a mask is used correctly, they are highly effective in preventing the spread of viral infections." Wearing a mask can be just as important as getting vaccinated, as it reduces the risk of exposing others to your sickness, as well as protecting yourself from others who have the flu. During 2016-2017 there were more than 5.3 million influenza visits to the hospital. Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to deaths and hospitalization, especially in young children, and the elderly. Getting vaccinated is the one of most effective ways to prevent serious illnesses.
Another main culprit of getting infected is through contaminated hands. Numerous diseases can be spread by washing hands incorrectly or not at all. Keeping clean hands and fingers helps prevent exposing germs to other people. The proper way to wash your hands is listed below and you should be washing your hands for at least a minute every time.
- Wet your hands with running water
- Apply soap
- Scrub your hands together behind your hand, in-between your fingers, and under your fingernails
- Rinse well under running water
- Dry hands with a clean towel
Nextly, drinking water, and staying hydrated can help ensure your body is able to withstand germs. When a person is sick it is easy to get dehydrated, as the fever draws electrolytes and moisture out of your body. Drinking water, and juice will help replace the fluids that you've lost while flushing the bad stuff out of your system.
Most importantly keep your germs to yourself! Never cough or sneeze into your bare hand. Coughing or sneezing in your arm or sleeve, helps lower the risk of exposing germs to other people and in the air. Keeping santizer handy is also a great way to stay germ-free when you're on the go. When flu season comes around it may seem impossible to stay healthy or germ-free, but if you follow any of these tips, I promise it makes it a lot easier!