How to Prevent Getting Sick During the Flu Season: In 9 Ways
It’s already enough that we’re doing everything we can to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Flu season is soon to be among us and with that being said, we’re going to have to work a bit harder this year to prevent people from coming down with the sickness. COVID-19 and the flu share some similar symptoms, which can be a very sticky situation to be in if you or someone you know gets sick, but by following some helpful and preventative practices, you can rest assured that you will get through the flu season. We discuss nine ways that you can keep yourself safe from the flu and from allowing it to spread.
Consume More Immune-Boosting Foods
Our diet can play a large role in how we fight off sicknesses. It is best to look for foods packed with protein, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins A, B6, C, D, and E to strengthen our immune system this upcoming flu season. It is also recommended to eat plenty of vegetables throughout the week, as they tend to be the most packed with the necessary nutrients and vitamins.
Clean and Disinfect Highly Touched Surfaces
Sometimes, viruses and infections are spread through the things we touch the most. Doorknobs, keys, countertops—some of the major culprits of spreading infections, especially the flu. You can use a disinfecting spray or wipes to clean even your little one’s toys at ease. Whatever your preference may be, it is bound to kill these germs.
Avoid Large Crowds
Similar to COVID-19, you’ll want to stray from large parties. In a typical year, you would want to limit contact, but even more now. When it is absolutely necessary for you to be out in public, you’ll want to carry tissue and hand sanitizer around so that you not only keep yourself safe but also make an effort to keep others safe as well.
Drink Plenty, Sleep Plenty
When you get the right amount of rest and the hydration you need, your immune system works even better when it comes to fighting off infection. With that being said, by getting the necessary sleep and fluids, you are less susceptible to contracting the flu. It even helps to keep this mind if you are to get sick. The more energy, the better.
Wash Your Hands Regularly
The oldest rule in the book—washing your hands can go a long way. Think about it, when you’re out at work or taking care of errands, just imagine all the surfaces you’re touching (and spreading, for that matter). There’s plenty of germs residing on your hands. It is crucial that you wash your hands every chance you get.
Avoid Contact with Your Face
Along with washing hands, you will want to keep contact with your face to a minimum. If you don’t have the chance to wash your hands right away, you will want to try your best from touching your face. When you touch your face, you give germs the gateway to get you sick. Working on this habit is worth it in the long run.
Avoid or Minimize Smoking
Those who smoke regularly are more prone to catching the flu and other viruses and infections. Smokers have more exaggerated effects when responding to infections such as the flu. Even worse, they have a harder time fighting off illnesses. The immune will overreact to the virus if an individual is used to smoking. Another important habit to think about it.
Get The Flu Shot Ahead of Time
This is a preventative practice that should be taken weeks, even months, prior to the commencement of the flu season. The flu vaccine had saved approximately 40,000 lives in the U.S. alone between 2005 and 2014. It is proven to decrease the likelihood of complications and death even when infection fails to be prevented.
Consult with a Professional Right Away
If you do happen to gain symptoms and you are unsure if you have the flu, it is crucial that you get in touch with a doctor right away so that they can examine exactly what you are feeling. They can prescribe you medication that can help speed up the recovery process and prevent the spread overall.
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