How To Prevent Flu From Spreading – So imagine a sick person slumped over your desk all day. You invite them into your office or cubicle and they continue to cough, sneeze, vomit and sniffle through the visit. You are only a few meters away and constantly in the line of germs. How confident do you feel that you can last the whole season?
As a family doctor, this is the daily reality of Dr. Sharon Domb. And surprisingly, he believes he can stick around, given his impressive track record of doing just that. He says his secret is actually quite easy. The problem is that many people skip the easy stuff. Maybe they seem very simple, like washing hands? dr. Domb calls hand hygiene the number one tip for staying flu-free.
How To Prevent Flu From Spreading
Maybe we just did something wrong or at the wrong time. Everyone knows to wash their hands after using the toilet, but do you keep turning off the faucet with freshly cleaned hands? Do you open the bathroom door without a paper towel? If you answered yes, your hands will be crawling with germs seconds after you scrub them.
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It is also important to wash your hands every time before touching your eyes, nose or food. Dr. Domb gives a common example of eating out in a restaurant. Many people will come in, wash their hands, then sit down to order and eat. The problem is that the menu is a common item, so touching it before eating is just a visit to the bathroom.
Of course you can not wash your hands every 5 seconds. But doing it strategically is a very powerful thing. Check out my video for some other tips from the front lines to keep the flu at bay this season. Just what the doctor ordered.
1. Wash your hands: Wash your hands thoroughly after using the toilet and before touching your face or before eating.
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2. Get a flu shot. It takes about 2 weeks for the flu shot to provide protection, so get your shot early.
5. Stay at home if you are sick. Prevent the spread of the flu by staying home and also keeping sick children away from school and daycare.