Cold and flu season is here, and it’s a rough one. The cold and flu cause sneezing, coughing, and runny noses. Flu symptoms are often more severe and can include fever, fatigue, and body aches.
Just because people around you are sick, you don’t have to get sick, too. You can keep yourself healthy by practicing simple things. And if you do catch a cold or flu, be mindful to help protect others.
Simple Tips for staying healthy
- Wash your hands often. Frequent hand washing helps protect you from whatever bug that is going around. Simple soap works just as well as antibacterial soap.
- Use hand sanitizer. The alcohol sanitizer gels and wipes helps kill cold and flu viruses you pick up from any surface you touch.
- Keep your hands off your face. Try not to rub your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs can enter your body this way, or may spread from your hands to others.
- Cover your mouth. Cough or sneeze into your upper arm or elbow to avoid spreading germs
If you get sick, be kind to yourself and others
- Stay home and rest. Limit your exposure to others especially Children, elderly adults, pregnant women, and those with weakened immune systems are at higher risk of getting sick.
- Drink lots of fluids. Hot tea, warm water, and chicken soup are especially good for congestion (runny or stuffy nose).
- Treat your aches and fever. Acetaminophen (such as Tylenol*) or ibuprofen (such as Advil*) can help provide relief. Be sure to follow the instructions on the label, especially for children. Stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without using fever-reducing medicine.
- Cover your sneeze or cough. Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve to trap the germs. If you cough into your hands, wash them as soon as you can. Use disposable tissues and throw them
Viruses – not bacteria – cause colds, flu, and chest colds.
Antibiotics don’t kill viruses, so they don’t work for colds or flu.
Don’t let a cold or flu tie you down. Stay well this season !!!
Director-America School of Nursing