Someone with the flu virus can begin to infect others one day before they have symptoms. They are contagious five to seven days after becoming sick. However, some may be able to infect others for longer.
Fortunately, there are ways to keep the virus from spreading. To stop the spread of the virus, you can follow the below flu prevention tips:
· Cover your nose and mouth. Cough and sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your elbow if you do not have a cloth. The droplets contain germs, including the flu virus.
· Wash your hands. You touch almost everything with your hands, from holding a handrail to scratching your nose. Make sure to use soap and warm water and to clean your hands for at least 20 seconds.
· Avoid touching your face. Your eyes, nose, and mouth are common areas for germs to get into your body.
· Disinfect you and your surroundings. Hand sanitizer and antibacterial cleanser can kill many germs left on your hands (when soap and water are not available) and surfaces.
· Stay home if you feel sick. Whether it is the flu or a cold, protect your coworkers and peers by remaining at home when you are under the weather. This can also protect yourself from getting sick again by passing it around the office.
· Avoid close contact. This is a relatively new recommendation from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), but keeping your distance from others reduces the risk of spreading germs and viruses.
Practicing healthy habits is another way to avoid getting sick. Simply getting enough sleep, water, and nutrients keeps your immune system strong to fight off sickness. Other health habits include staying physically active and managing your stress.