THIS year’s flu season is now in full swing and hitting earlier and stronger than anytime in the past decade, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
While the flu is nothing to sneeze at—an average of 200,000 people are hospitalized each year with flu complications, according to the CDC—there are three simple preventative steps to ward off the flu.
What to do about the flu
· The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older. While there are many flu viruses, a flu vaccine protects against the most common.
· Wash hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rubs.
· Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, as germs spread this way.
· Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
· Wear a face mask to reduce the risk of spreading germs or from contaminating the people around you if you are sick.
Traditional face masks act only as an air filter and do nothing to neutralize the harmful germs that remain active on the mask itself, but there’s an FDA-cleared antiviral medical face mask that actually inactivates 99.99 percent of tested flu viruses within five minutes of contact. “BioMask should be one of the most important items in any home’s medicine cabinet or traveling first aid kit, right alongside hand antiseptics, adhesive bandages, alcohol pads, tape and exam gloves,” said Lorri A. Downs, BSN, MS, RN, CIC. “BioMask can help protect patients who are at home and especially at-risk groups such as children, the elderly, pregnant women and people with compromised immunities, as well as health care workers.”
You can find further facts on face masks at www.medline.com/CURAD-BioMask. North American Precis Syndicate