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How to Avoid Getting Sick during the Flu Season

Written by Maanasi

The flu season is approaching and it’s high time you prepare yourself with all the possible preventive measures. Many people might think cold and flu are just minor inconveniences. For such people, allow me to warn you that flu can take a serious form if proper care isn’t taken, especially in seniors and young children. It is important to take basic precautionary steps to keep your family safe from flu.

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Tips to Keep Safe from Flu

Being attacked by flu is an annoying and highly irritating experience. Moreover, it impairs your working ability, both at home and work. Although there is no specific way to completely avoid the illness, you can always take preventive measures to avoid getting sick with the flu.

  • Keep your hands clean

Keeping your hands clean is the basic step to staying healthy. This becomes even more important in the flu season. Keep your hands clean by washing them with soap and warm water at regular intervals. Gentle scrubbing while washing provides more effective cleansing. It is not necessary to use an antibacterial soap, as it doesn’t provide any extra protection. Instead, it is better to use a medicated hand sanitizer for enhanced protection.

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  • Avoid contact with the sick

You can catch germs from almost everywhere. The concentration of germs is, however, higher in people affected with flu. Try to avoid contact with patients infected with flu, specifically those working with children, including paediatricians and teachers.

  • Stay hydrated

Keeping yourself hydrated can prevent you from being a victim of the flu. When your immune system is working to prevent an illness, it goes through a lot of stress. It is important to ensure the availability of everything to fight an illness, even water. Staying hydrated strengthens the immune system.

  • Avoid street food

It is strongly recommended to stay away from roadside or street food. You don’t know if the water used in preparation of these foods is clean or not. Are you sure that the person who prepared your food washed his hands? Instead, opt to eat home cooked food during the flu season. This would help keep away from germs.

  • Keep surroundings clean

It is important to have clean surroundings to avoid the occurrence of germs and infections. Put in extra efforts to clean bathrooms and kitchen countertops by frequent wiping.

  • Cover your nose and mouth

Flu spreads really fast through germs in the air. These germs enter the air in the form of droplets when an infected person around you sneezes or coughs without covering the mouth or nose. You can keep yourself from inhaling the airborne pathogens by keeping your mouth and nose covered while moving around in public places.

  • Avoid touching the face

The flu virus can get stuck to your hands quite easily, as people tend to touch all kinds of surfaces. The skin acts as a good barrier to prevent these germs from entering the body. The most common entry points for the virus are your eyes, nose and mouth. Therefore, try to avoid frequent contact with your face to prevent the entry of the flu virus into your body.

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In addition to the precautions listed above, it is equally important to maintain good health through regular exercise, healthy eating and proper stress management. There is no specific treatment for flu. The only way to avoid is to take basic precautions and maintain hygiene.

If, in any case, you do catch an infection, it is recommended to stay at home and take proper rest. Lack of proper care and rest can make the condition worse by increasing the severity of flu which can even be life-threatening.

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The flu season is approaching and it’s high time you prepare yourself with all the possible preventive measures. Many people might think cold and flu are just minor inconveniences. For such people, allow me to warn you that flu can take a serious form if proper care isn’t taken,...
<p class="p1">The flu season is approaching and it’s high time you prepare yourself with all the possible preventive measures. Many people might think cold and flu are just minor inconveniences. For such people, allow me to warn you that flu can take a serious form if proper care isn’t taken, especially in seniors and young children. It is important to take basic precautionary steps to keep your family safe from flu.</p> <p class="p2"><b>Tips to Keep Safe from Flu</b></p> <p class="p2">Being attacked by flu is an annoying and highly irritating experience. Moreover, it impairs your working ability, both at home and work. Although there is no specific way to completely avoid the illness, you can always take preventive measures to avoid getting sick with the flu.</p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li2"><b>Keep your hands clean</b></li> </ul> <p class="p3">Keeping your hands clean is the basic step to staying healthy. This becomes even more important in the flu season. Keep your hands clean by washing them with soap and warm water at regular intervals. Gentle scrubbing while washing provides more effective cleansing. It is not necessary to use an antibacterial soap, as it doesn’t provide any extra protection. Instead, it is better to use a medicated hand sanitizer for enhanced protection.</p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li2"><b>Avoid contact with the sick </b></li> </ul> <p class="p3">You can catch germs from almost everywhere. The concentration of germs is, however, higher in people affected with flu. Try to avoid contact with patients infected with flu, specifically those working with children, including paediatricians and teachers.</p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li2"><b>Stay hydrated </b></li> </ul> <p class="p3">Keeping yourself hydrated can prevent you from being a victim of the flu. When your immune system is working to prevent an illness, it goes through a lot of stress. It is important to ensure the availability of everything to fight an illness, even water. Staying hydrated strengthens the immune system.</p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li2"><b>Avoid street food</b></li> </ul> <p class="p3">It is strongly recommended to stay away from roadside or street food. You don’t know if the water used in preparation of these foods is clean or not. Are you sure that the person who prepared your food washed his hands? Instead, opt to eat home cooked food during the flu season. This would help keep away from germs.</p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li2"><b>Keep surroundings clean</b></li> </ul> <p class="p3">It is important to have clean surroundings to avoid the occurrence of germs and infections. Put in extra efforts to clean bathrooms and kitchen countertops by frequent wiping.</p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li2"><b>Cover your nose and mouth</b></li> </ul> <p class="p3">Flu spreads really fast through germs in the air. These germs enter the air in the form of droplets when an infected person around you sneezes or coughs without covering the mouth or nose. You can keep yourself from inhaling the airborne pathogens by keeping your mouth and nose covered while moving around in public places.</p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li2"><b>Avoid touching the face</b></li> </ul> <p class="p3">The flu virus can get stuck to your hands quite easily, as people tend to touch all kinds of surfaces. The skin acts as a good barrier to prevent these germs from entering the body. The most common entry points for the virus are your eyes, nose and mouth. Therefore, try to avoid frequent contact with your face to prevent the entry of the flu virus into your body.</p> <p class="p2">In addition to the precautions listed above, it is equally important to maintain good health through regular exercise, healthy eating and proper stress management. There is no specific treatment for flu. The only way to avoid is to take basic precautions and maintain hygiene.</p> <p class="p2">If, in any case, you do catch an infection, it is recommended to stay at home and take proper rest. Lack of proper care and rest can make the condition worse by increasing the severity of flu which can even be life-threatening.</p>

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