Howdy Folks! This month I am going to stray away from the usual security and safety article and focus more on the subject about how to stay safe and free from illness during this flu season. Here are a few ideas on how to avoid illness/flu:
Get vaccinated – this is always a good start. Some people don’t get the flu shot every year because they “don’t ever get the flu”. Well, that is good not ever getting the flu but eventually their luck will run out. This year it has been estimated the flu vaccine is about 10% effective whereas last year it was approximately 30% effective. Regardless, getting the vaccine is helpful as it will prepare your body, in the event you get the flu, which will aid in limiting the severity and duration.
Stay home if you are sick – Some people try to “make it through the day” even though they know they are sick. It is very noble, but you run the risk if increasing the severity and duration of your own illness as well as pass it on to someone else.
Cover your coughs and sneezes – Try using a Kleenex or the bend of your arm. One of the most common ways to spread illness (especially viruses) is through coughs or sneezes. If you are ill and need to be out in public, it might be worth wearing a mask.
Keep your hands clean – Washing with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds is great advice.
Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth – Especially don’t do this until you have washed your hands. These are the areas of the body where most illness enters so let’s decrease the risk.
Get plenty of rest – Your immune system uses this time to destroy harmful germs.
Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables – The vitamins and nutrients will help fuel your immune system.
Get fresh air and exercise – Getting away from prolonged contact with large numbers of people is a good way to decrease the risk of exposure.
Most of you already have a good idea on how to avoid illness but it never hurts to hear it again. It is better to more cautious during this time as illness may set you back a week or two. So, best wishes to you in staying healthy and safe. Until the next time, Be observant, vigilant and neighborly!
– Joseph Schill, Security