With Michigan’s flu season at it’s prime, everyday more and more people are getting infected. Knowing how you can prevent yourself from catching the bug can reduce your chances of getting sick significantly.
Besides the obvious prevention of getting the flu shot, there are some things you can do on your own. Because the flu can be transferred by both direct and indirect contact, hand washing is number one. If someone coughs or sneezes into their hands, then touches a doorknob, or any other object that object is contaminated. The flu virus is able to survive between 2 and 8 hours on surfaces. Washing your hands very frequently can help reduce the chances of becoming infected.
Along with washing your hands, covering your coughs and sneezes is also very important. Many people have a horrible habit of using their hands to cover their coughs or sneezes. When doing so, anything you touch between your sneeze/cough and washing your hands is contaminated. Using a tissue or your elbow to cover your couh/sneeze can reduce the transfer of germs.
You may be fortunate enough and not become victim of the flu, but you should always know the symptoms in case you do become sick. The flu can vary from person to person, meaning they can be mild for some, or severe for others. Common symptoms of the flu are: headache, muscle ache, fever, chills, coughing, sneezing, or runny nose. Symptoms can occur suddenly and can differ from person to person.