This time of year is infamous for colds and flu. It seems wherever we go it is inevitable that we will pick something up from someone be it work, school, daycare, in a public place or even at home. Unfortunately once a person picks it up it is usually given to family, co-workers and friends therefore spreading the misery. The most important thing you can do to prevent passing it around besides getting vaccinated is to wash your hands and wash them frequently. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) up to 80% of flu cases are spread by touching contaminated surfaces and through direct human contact. It makes sense since we touch so many things throughout the day with our hands and then touch someone else or something thereby leaving behind whatever germs we had on our hands. Another thing you can do is cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze; It seems obvious but I think many people don’t do it enough. That will help with the spread of germs by containing them to one area. The best option you have is to just stay home for at least 24 hours if you have a fever or are throwing up and return to school or work when you are no longer contagious.
-Beki Ali (Customer Support Representative)