Even if you know how to protect yourself from flu, you can still catch the virus and become sick. Flu and cold prevention methods are not 100 percent effective. Before you feel under the weather, there are several things you can do to prepare for the worst case.
Make sure you have a list of contact information for medical professionals, local clinics, and emergency services. Although you can look up this information when you are sick, you will be thanking yourself later if you develop symptoms like:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or problems breathing
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Body aches and muscle pains
Some people experience severe symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea. Imagine trying to look up your doctor in that condition.
Find out about your job’s and children’s school’s policies about illness and how it separates sick staff and students until they go home. You should also ask about hygiene and cleaning practices, such as having disinfectant products on hand and the frequency of cleanings.
You can also keep flu and cold medicine at home. You can stock up over-the-counter remedies that treat symptoms. If you have young children, make sure to purchase medicine specifically for kids.
Doctors and researchers will always search for how to prevent colds and the flu from spreading and infecting others. But, the best prevention of common cold and season flu infections is your attitude. You reduce your risk of infection when you are conscious of practicing healthy habits.
You can also teach others how to prevent getting sick with the above actions. For example, talk to your supervisors about keeping the following on hand, especially during flu season:
- Alcohol-based hand rubs
- Disinfecting disposable wipes
Likewise, encourage those who are sick to stay or go home rather than put everyone else at risk. A flu virus can run rampant through an office or school.
Make sure to teach your kids when and how to wash their hands properly. Humming the alphabet song twice is a perfect timer.