March 13, 2020
Cold and flu season is upon us, so we’ve compiled our best tips to prevent catching a cold or flu!
- If you feel unwell – stay home! For your own personal health, and those around you, staying home is your best option. If you run out of supplies or need something, call a friend/family/neighbor.
- Drink lots of fluids! Even if you don’t feel thirsty, be sure to drink lots of water and broth. If you have a cold or the flu, your body is losing fluids to try to rid the virus. Drinking water and broth will help replenish lost nutrients, helping speed up your recovery process
- Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands! Washing your hands is your best line of defense to prevent the spread of illness to yourself or others. Be sure to wash your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds – ensuring you are scrubbing all surfaces of your hands (don’t’ forget under your fingernails and between your fingers). If you don’t have access to a sink, hand sanitizer with a minimum 60% alcohol will do just fine.
- Cover your mouth – If you feel a sneeze or cough coming on, be sure to cover your mouth or use using the crook of your elbow. If you happen to sneeze into your hand(s) be sure to wash or sanitize your hands immediately and reduce the number of surfaces you touch.
- Get the flu shot. There’s certainly a lot of myths about the flu vaccine circulating, but rest assured the vaccine is a great line of defense. Your family physician or local pharmacy will be more than happy to administer, and you will be happy with your health. If you have questions regarding the flu your local health unit, physician or any healthcare team member will be happy to answer for you.