First things first, remember to wash your hands!
As flu season seems to be winding down, it is not close to an end. Flu activity has been spreading across the country, but now mainly only within 39 states. The highest flu activity has been reported coming from New York City, Washington D.C., and through Puerto Rico. This is good news to the West Coast and the Mid-West as flu related illnesses and hospitalizations are starting to slow down. On the other hand the East Coast and the South should continue their cold and flu season precautions.
Some suggested precautions to take this flu season:
- use your own pen
- type in PIN (and other shared surfaces) with your knuckles opposed to fingertips
- sanitize computer keyboard, phone, mouse, etc.
- limit drinking, as it causing dehydration and limits sleep
- Avoid shaking hands
With every precaution, there are always tips on what not to do as well. Trying to keep oneself healthy throughout flu season can be tough, but it is important to remember that too much of a good thing can actually be harmful to your body. Although regular exercise is good for your health, overly exercising and not hydrating properly will actually weaken your immune system. It is suggested to avoiding smoking, vaping, etc. as studies have shown the vapors cause inflammation in the lungs making it easier for viruses and bacteria to infect your body. Another interesting factor to staying healthy is not to avoid carbs. Whole grains are actually good for both you and your immune system. So grab that biscuit and stay healthy this flu season!
Take these extra precautions and stay healthy the remainder of this flu season!