The single most effective method for reducing the risk of seasonal flu and its possibly fatal complications is to get vaccinated every year, but decent health habits such as avoiding sick people, covering your cough, and washing your hands frequently can help stop the spread of germs and help stop respiratory illnesses like flu. There are additional flu antiviral medications that may be used to treat and prevent the flu.
The information and resources provided below will assist you in learning about steps you can take to protect yourself and others against the flu and help halt the spread of viruses.
1. Keep Distance
Avoid direct contact with ill persons. When you’re unwell, maintain your distance from other people to save them from being ill as well.
2. Cover your nose and mouth
When coughing or sneezing, use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose. It may keep others around you from becoming ill. Flu viruses spread mostly by droplets produced when persons with the flu cough, sneeze, or talk.
3. When you’re sick, stay at home
When you are sick/unwell, try to avoid going to work, school, and doing errands. This will assist to keep your infection from spreading to others.
4. Wash your hands
Washing your hands frequently will help keep germs at bay. If soap and water are not accessible, an alcohol-based hand rub can be used.
5. Do not touch your nose, mouth or eyes
Germs can be disseminated when a person contacts a germ-infested surface and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
6. Maintain other healthy habits
Cleaning and disinfecting commonly touched surfaces at home, work, public transport and school is especially important when someone is sick. Get enough sleep, exercise, control your stress, drink lots of fluids, and consume nutritional foods.