YOU may think that preventing an outbreak of an epidemic is out of your control, but the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will tell you different. The most effective weapon to stop a virus from spreading, is essentially, you. By practising the following steps, you can play an active role in protecting yourself, and people around you from contracting the flu.
The mainstay of flu prevention is still vaccination (according to recommendations by health authorities), but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. There also are flu antiviral drugs that can be used to treat and prevent the flu. Cover your nose or mouth when you are sneezing or coughing Influenza virus can spread through air droplets when we sneeze or cough. Covering your nose or mouth with a tissue may prevent those around you from getting ill too.
Clean your hands often
Cleaning your hands will keep the virus from “travelling” from one place to another. If it is possible, wash your hands each time you cough or sneeze. It may prevent the virus from spreading. It is recommended by the CDC that when you wash your hands with soap and warm water. Wash for 15 to 20 seconds.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
Stay home when you are sick; check with a health provider when needed
If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
Remind your children (and people around you) to practice healthy habits too
A group effort can come a long way to preventing an outbreak.
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