In our last post, we discussed the five ways you can catch the flu without even realizing it. We also talked about what you can do to protect yourself. In this post we will take a look at five more unexpected ways in which you put yourself at risk for the flu. Remember, February is the peak of the flu season and you can’t be too careful!
REPLACING HAND-WASHING WITH ANTIBACTERIAL GEL
Antibacterial gels can get rid of germs when a sink and water aren’t available. But there is no evidence to prove that they kill viruses. For the best sanitation, use an antibacterial gel that is 60 to 95% alcohol based and wash your hands whenever you can. Remember, even the best of gels is not a substitute for good old hand washing.
NOT WASHING HANDS CORRECTLY OR FREQUENTLY
Experts recommend that you should wash your hands 10 times a day for the best protection against germs. However, a lot of people don’t even wash their hands after sneezing or coughing! And when they do it’s for less than 10 seconds when you should at least wash your hands for 20 seconds. Make sure that you properly scrub your hands and the areas between the fingers for the wash to be effective.
IMPROPERLY DISPOSING A FACE MASK
Face masks can reduce the number of germs that get access to your nose or mouth but they quickly become a host of germs themselves. It’s therefore important that you are very careful when you take the masks off. Touch only the straps to remove them and don’t let it touch your eyes, nose or mouth. Throw it away and wash your hands after you’re done.
UNNECESSARILY MEDICATING YOURSELF
A number of people rush to stores to stock up on flu meds like Tamiflu and take them prematurely in hopes to have advance protection against the illness. However, the truth is that most of these people would probably have never needed the medicine and only contributed to making the virus more resistant to these drugs. Talk to one of our doctors at the MedHelp clinic before you start taking such medication especially if you are administering it to your child.
TAKING THE FLU TOO LIGHTLY
This is the opposite of the first tip we discussed in the previous post. While you shouldn’t worry too much about the flu, you also shouldn’t throw all caution to the wind. You might have a heightened sense of your immunity because of your youth or history of good health but the fact is that the flu doesn’t really discriminate even if it helps if you are not in a high risk group like the pregnant or elderly. Therefore its important to take care of yourself and be knowledgeable about protecting yourself while still not obsessing about it.
Hopefully our tips will help you battle the flu season and come out of it illness free. However, if you haven’t been so lucky and feel a bit under the weather, visit us at the MedHelp clinic and we will help you recover soon enough!