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Indoor Air and Seasonal Flu

Posted on November 20, 2014
by Wendy Stackhouse

Have you had the flu yet this year? Or a flu shot? There is a really nasty virus going around my circle this last month. I’ve already had it, but I’m still coughing after a month. No fun!

Who is in danger from Seasonal Flu?

Seasonal flu can be deadly to the young, the elderly and the immune compromised. Flu virus spreads from person to person, most often via droplets in the air from a sneeze or cough or droplets that have landed on a non-porous surface which can survive up to 24 hours.

How can you protect yourself from getting the Flu from your Indoor Air?

The Indoor Air Quality Association has put out an informative video about Seasonal Flu and we would like to share it with you.

How to avoid coming down with Seasonal Flu this year?

There is no sure way, but here are some tips:

    • Wash your hands. A lot.
    • Don’t rely on hand sanitizer, use soap and water!
    • Get out of the habit of touching your nose and eyes. Your mucous membranes are a virus’s best route to the rest of your body.
    • If someone is sick at home, be extra vigilant about keeping surfaces, your hands and their hands clean. You might be able to avoid infection.
    • If your doctor recommends it, get a flu shot. It may or may not protect you against the strain of flu you encounter, but it is definitely better than nothing.
    • Make sure your home is well-ventilated. Those droplets in the air are less likely to get into your body if they are quickly moved outside.

We hope you miss the flu this year! I wish I could get rid of the last of it myself!

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