Flu season is upon us, starting early December and hanging around until March – common symptoms of the flu can include fever, body aches, runny nose, coughing, sore throat and fatigue. The flu affects many people every year, and 2020 is most definitely not exception. Read on to learn the best ways to keep well during this flu season.
Wash your hands regularly
The flu virus can live on hard surfaces, meaning that when we touch an infected surface we increase our chances of becoming infected too. Getting into the habit of regularly washing your hands can significantly decrease your chances of infection, and it is especially important to do so before preparing food and eating. Traditional soap and water is said to be the best method for effective hand washing (when done correctly for a minimum of 20 seconds) but an alcohol-based sanitiser is the next best option when water isn’t available.
Do your best not to touch your face
As something that many of us do subconsciously, this can be a difficult one! Keeping your hands away from your face can reduce the chances of any bacteria on your hands getting into your body through your eyes, nose or mouth.
Strengthen your immune system
A strong immune system can protect the body from infections, as well as reducing the severity of the symptoms if you do get ill. There are many ways to keep your immune system strong, including getting at least 7-9 hours’ sleep a night, regular exercise and a nutrient rich diet – whilst limiting your intake of sugar, junk food and fatty foods. Read our blog on foods to help boost the immune system.
Other ways to stay well:
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue, your elbow or shirt. Dispose of the tissue immediately and wash your hands
- Regularly sanitise common home and work surfaces
- Avoid crowded spaces
- Stay home if you are sick, to help stop the spread