by Kathy McCarthy
With flu season fast upon us, discussion is already starting about how we can protect ourselves from this annoying disease. Actually,with the advent of swine flu, it’s now more than just an annoying disease. Swine flu seems to have a penchant for the young and healthy, and its symptoms can include anything from cold like symptoms to flu like symptoms to death. So, what was once just an annoying illness, has taken a very serious turn.
Here are 4 tips to help you stay healthy throughout the flu season.
- Most infections spread through your eyes, nose and mouth. So there are several important things you can do to mitigate the spread of infection. First and foremost, wash your hands with soap and water. Keep your hands away from your face, and cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough. If you’re unable to wash your hands, sanitizing products like Purell can work well as a substitute until you have access to soap and water.
- The best way to wash your hands is to use soap and water. Wash for at least 20 seconds (sing Happy Birthday) and dry with a clean towel or air dry.
- If you have to use a hand-sanitizing product, apply it generously to your hands and rub them together until they’re dry. These products are a special blend of alcohol and moisturizers. The alcohol breaks down the germs’ cell walls and kills them, and the moisturizers combat the drying effect of the alcohol.
- Alcohol is one of the safest antiseptics used today, and when it is applied to the skin, it kills the germs and evaporates in seconds. There is no evidence that alcohol leads to resistant bacteria, so these alcohol-based products should work effectively every time that they are used.