Flu season is here, and while we cant control what others will do, it’s important that we look within our homes to see what can be done to prevent the flu. It’s no surprise that during the fall and winter months we are more prone to illnesses because we are spending more time indoors. The flu virus spreads very quickly, so without taking proper precautions, you are putting you and your family at risk. Shared close living spaces are a hotbed for germs, so we’re sharing a few steps you can take to make your home as germ free as possible.
This is the easiest and most important step you can take to prevent the spread of germs. We go to work, school, the store, we touch so many things throughout the day. So when you first enter your home, immediately go wash your hands. This will help prevent the virus from even entering your home in the first place.
Forget what you’ve been taught by your parents or your teachers about sharing. Flu season is not the time. Members of the same household should use their own bath towels and wash cloths. Make sure you have paper towels out to dry hands after washing instead of everyone using the same hand towel.
Use a Humidifier
Using a humidifier in your home will help slow the spread of those tiny particles of influenza that can spread in the air. The virus does not survive well in warm and humidified air, so it's a smart idea to invest in one this flu season.
Clean Hard Surfaces
Keep the cleaning in your house simple and focused on high touch points. Viruses can land on hard surfaces and stay for hours. Countertops, sink faucets, light switches, remote controls, fridge handles, toys, anything that is frequently touched should be disinfected daily. Use a microfiber cloth or a paper towel, and any cleaner that has bleach or antibacterial product will work.
It may sound like a lot right now, but following these steps and being consistent could keep you and your family safe from the flu this season. Getting a flu shot each year is the best way to prevent the flu and protect those around you. An annual flu vaccine is recommended for anyone 6 months or older.