There are many illnesses that are spread during the winter months and physical contact is not the only way to spread germs. Flu and other viruses can survive on a hard surface for up to 24 hours if not cleaned properly. While the U.S. saw a slow start to influenza in October for 2017, the virus has been spreading more rapidly as of mid November especially in the Southern states. According to the NJ Department of Health, New Jersey is still seeing low and moderate amounts of flu cases, but that can all change with the upcoming holidays and cold weather. So what can you do to stay healthy and prevent from getting sick this season?
1) Get vaccinated for the flu! It is never too late to receive the flu shot especially as flu season takes place from October through May.
2) Wash your hands with warm water and soap frequently especially after coming in contact with someone who is sick.
3) Sneeze and cough into your elbow or a tissue instead of your hands.
4) Use hand sanitizer often especially after using a common area.
5) Keep common surfaces clean with disinfectant: door handles, phones, computer keyboards, countertops, remotes, etc.
6) Drink plenty of fluids especially water and get enough sleep.
7) Don’t share drinks, utensils, chapstick, etc.
8) If you are feeling sick, stay home and rest until the illness has passed.
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