Cough. Wheeze. Sneeze.
These sounds could signal the onset of the flu, which usually reaches its peak in February. If you or someone in your family comes down with the flu, do you know how to kick it to the curb?
Follow these 7 steps to rid your home of germs in the worst flu season months.
You’ve probably heard the flu prevention basics more than a few times, but it doesn't hurt to share them again:
According to Health Magazine, these foods will help your body fight the flu:
This chart from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will help you spot the differences between the flu and the common cold, which share similar symptoms.
According to the CDC, the main flu symptoms are:
According to Live Science, you should seek medical attention for the flu when you experience these three symptoms. They could be early signs of pneumonia, which you want to avoid at all costs.
Your cell phone goes with you everywhere, and you probably use it more than any device you own. You touch your phone often, and this contact stockpiles germs. According to a study conducted by the University of Arizona, a cell phone can carry up to 10 times more bacteria than a toilet seat.
There are a few ways to disinfect your phone, but the easiest method is to wipe it down with a disposable disinfectant wipe. To create your own disinfecting solution, use a 50/50 mix of distilled water and 70% isopropyl alcohol. Dip a microfiber cloth in the solution and rub the device with it. While you’re at it, use these same techniques to disinfect other items like TV remotes and tablets.
The flu virus spreads through contact with towels, sheets, pillowcases, and other linens. Heat kills the virus, so put your dryer on high heat for 30 minutes after you load clothes and linens.
The flu virus lives on surfaces for up to 48 hours. According to the CDC, disinfecting surfaces takes three simple steps:
When you use an air purifier and a humidifier in your home, you bring several flu-fighting benefits to the table. Air purifiers help you breathe easier by capturing:
Humidifiers put moisture in the air by emitting steam or water vapor, and they can decrease risk of infections, keep sinuses comfortable, and reduce snoring.
Air purifiers and humidifiers carry water, so make sure to properly clean them to prevent the formation of mold.
If you come down with the flu, avoid:
In other words, food and drinks from the “enjoy in moderation” category get moved to the “completely avoid” category. You should also avoid human contact as much as possible to stop the flu from spreading in your home.