Did you know that regular cleaning of surfaces and washing hands are the simplest ways to lower the risk of spreading germs?
According to the National Institute of Health Link opens in a new tab, between five and 20 percent of people in the U.S get the flu each year.
Door handles, phones, and keyboards in particular are some of the biggest culprits in transferring germs. We all learn to cover our mouths when we cough or sneeze – but when we do it into our hands, we cover them with germs and can transfer them to things we touch. Here are a few helpful tips to keep your home sanitized during the flu season to help prevent the spread of germs:
- Tell everyone in your home to wash their hands several times per day, especially after using the bathroom and before eating
- Keep the kitchen sink and counters clean
- Disinfect the bathroom
- Regularly sanitize doorknobs and faucets
- Regularly disinfect your desk and keyboard at home and at the office
- Don’t share mugs, cups, pens, lip balm, and other items that are often shared with family members
- Don’t use sponges for cleaning. Use microfiber dish cloths, and toss in the wash after each use
In addition to our suggestions, Flu.gov Link opens in a new tab also recommends the following:
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth as germs can easily spread this way.
- Try to avoid close contact with people who are sick with the flu.
- Try to get plenty of sleep and exercise; watch your stress levels; and drink plenty of fluids.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw the tissue in the trash immediately after using.
- If you are sick with flu-like symptoms, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.