So you’ve caught influenza, again (commonly shortened to “the flu”).

You’re achy and uncomfortable, sinuses plugged, and your garbage can is filling quickly with used tissues… Obligations still call, but dare you go out? See the facts below…

FACTS ABOUT THE FLU / COMMON COLD:

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1)  You may be infected with the flu, and be able to spread germs, for up to 24 HOURS before you show symptoms.

2)  Flu germs spread from person to person by way of coughing, sneezing or simply talking. That’s because droplets from an infected person get into the air and are inhaled by people nearby.

3)  Anyone within 3 FEET can easily be infected.

4)  Flu germs also are spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches their eyes, nose or mouth.

5)  Flu germs can live FOR HOURS on surfaces like doorknobs, desks and tables. (health.ny.gov)

6)  Since germs spread through touch, you should never sneeze into your hands.

7)  A sneeze can launch mucus from your body at 30-45 MILES AN HOUR, landing it 10-20 FEET from the source. (dsc.discovery.com)

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The more you exert your energy into something while ill, the less focus your body can spend on building itself stronger. Without rest, your immune system hasn’t the energy needed to hastily eliminate the invading virus.

To minimize the spread of germs: sneeze into the crook of your elbow and don’t bring yourself (and your germs) into the public. Focus on healing yourself: wash your hands frequently (in warm water), drink plenty of fluids, and get some rest!!

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© 2012 by Stephanie Himmelman. All Rights Reserved

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