How to prevent catching the flu?

The flu is an airborne disease. But this does not mean that viruses are floating around in the air and there is nothing you can do to stop them. In fact, the influenza virus is very fragile and does not survive in the air for long – it needs to land quickly or it will die.

This presents a valuable opportunity to prevent the disease. Why worry about drugs and symptoms if you can avoid the illness completely?

* Avoid touching things that many people touch, such as doors, buses and subways, or the virus will jump to your hands. Most people who have the flu have virus infested hands and anywhere they touch will be contaminated.

* Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, or the virus in your hands will infect you jumping right inside your body.

* Wash your hands frequently. This will not kill the virus; however it will wash it away and leave your hands virus-free. Use simple soap and water (remember that the goal is not to kill the virus) and only use alcohol based scrubs when soap is not available. I hope you are starting to grasp the importance of your hands by now.

* When you cough, cover your mouth with your arm instead of your hand to avoid contemning yourself with your own viruses. If the virus stays in your arm it will not contaminate surfaces, nor will you re-infect yourself. How many times do you touch with your arm in anything as compared to your hands?

* Avoid handshakes and kisses. Kisses are like a rapid way for virus transmission. And handshakes just skip the need for a contaminated surface.

* If you have symptoms, stay at home. This may not help you, but it will help others.

* Use paper tissues and throw them away as soon as you use them. You don’t want virus growing there that will pass to your hands and re-infect you later when you finally decide to throw the tissue away.

* Avoid public spaces, especially crowded spaces where the virus can use the air to jump from person to person before dying.

The most important thing to keep in mind is your hands. Watch them and they will watch for your health.

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