FIVE BEST TIPS TO
PREVENT FLU AND COLDS
Help your friends stay
safe and healthy too!
#1 IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE -
HOLD YOUR BREATH WHEN THEY SNEEZE
AND LEAST PRACTICED:
The spray of germs/virus
about 100 mph,
to 26 feet (or more) away from the sneezer.
idea is to stop inhaling immediately
-- in midstream --
hearing a nearby sneeze/cough. Here's
the advice of doctors and nurses: "A
good rule of thumb: if you see or hear
someone sneeze nearby, hold your breath for 10 to 15 seconds."
BTW, did you know that the
record for holding one's breath is way above
5 minutes, and YOU only need to hold it for the few seconds required to
the cougher / sneezer, or at least let his/her sneeze particles slowly
drift away from where you stand or sit.
This has TWO purposes:
keeps you from direct contact with doorknobs and hand railings and
money, all of
which are flush with the germs of others. And just as
b) it keeps
you from then touching
your eyes, nose, or mouth, which we ordinarily do many times each hour
-- and thereby infecting ourselves with whatever long-lived
flu/cold germs have been left on surfaces by the sick, or even
mostly-recovered victims of illness.
WASH YOUR HANDS
Just because you have
home after evading all the germs "out there", you
aren't home free
yet. No doubt you had to remove those gloves on occasion to
type on your computer, or get your car keys, or get some change, or
shake someone's hand (else get
fired), but at least you then put your gloves on again so you wouldn't
forget and touch your eye/nose area.
despite all your best efforts, your hands probably have some germs
(including those present on the mail you just
picked up: did you know that even mail carriers sometimes get
flu?). So, before you rub those
tired eyes, you need to scrub your hands with soap or hand sanitizer; a
wet paper towel can help with the scrubbing.
Hopefully, the whole family will show similar diligence.
WHAT ABOUT WEARING FACEMASKS?
Masks would work wonders --
if the coughers
would wear them (they almost never do). Unfortunately,
have limited utility because
they are not air-tight, and they are inconvenient and uncomfortable,
and they look bizarre in workplace settings, etc. While they
may do you some good,
holding your breath is something you don't have to buy, and it's always
available. As is washing your hands often. And
gloves. (So the tip is, "Fuhgeddaboudit")
HOW TO COUGH AND COVER
There already IS a law
it's called the "Golden Rule". Or "Common Decency".
anyone if it would be ok if some stranger with a contagious disease
were to cough or sneeze on them or their children. And after
of them replied how abominable and classless such a thing would be,
half of them would then go out and cough/sneeze on or near
ELSE'S children -- or the elderly, etc.
This can often end up being the moral equivalent of assault or
victim(s) may be subject to severe illness or even possible death:
especially for children,
pregnant women, and the elderly.
someone with either an exaggerated sense of entitlement, or who simply
doesn't know any better, never learned this simple civility.
The rule is, cough/sneeze into the
"crook" of your raised elbow. Or, into a
handkerchief. And preferably NOT into your bare hands, unless
intend to immediately go and wash them (without touching /
contaminating doorknobs: good luck on that).
Here's a great video
in which a nurse demonstrates how to cough and cover, along with other
1) Flu Shots can be somewhat
but aren't included in this list of Five Top
which are tips for the flu
AND the common cold.
2) DON'T BELIEVE ALL THE MEDIA HYPE!
Your chances of catching the flu are
fairly small. The CDC says that the number of influenza cases
in recent years has varied from 9 - 35 million cases per year in the
USA, of whom 20,000-50,000 die. So, in the worst case
scenario, out of a USA population of 323 million, 10% will catch the
flu -- and almost all (99.98%) will fully recover.
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