With the right hygiene habits and an understanding of how the virus spreads, we can keep ourselves and those we care for safe from this respiratory infection.
Read on to learn more.
sometimes leading to serious complications if left untreated.
Here are two commmon ways that "the flu" can be spread from person to person:
- By breathing in droplets in the air which are released when an infected person coughs, sneeze or speaks.
- By touching a contaminated surface (i.e. door knobs, table tops).
The common cold is usually mild, with a short period of running nose or cough. It usually goes away on its own without treatment.
Influenza symptoms however are usually more severe compared to the common cold and they include:
- High Fever
- Sore throat
- Body aches
- A stuffy nose
more than 7 days.
Places where the flu virus are more likely to spread include social environments like schools, the workplace and even at home. To create a healthy
and conducive environment where our family, friends, colleagues and community can be safe from the threats that flu brings, it is important to practice good
Remember: when it comes to flu, sharing is not caring!
So keep these five things in mind, to keep your loved ones safe from this nasty virus.
wash them regularly and thoroughly with soap to maintain good hand hygiene. If soap and water are unavailable, hand
sanitisers are good alternatives.
- Before and after meals.
- Before handling food.
- After using the toilet.
- After blowing your nose.
- After touching shared surfaces like tabletops, doorknobs, handrails, etc.
- The elderly and their caregivers.
- Very young children, aged 6 months to 5 years.
- People with low immunity (e.g. on cancer treatment) or chronic diseases such as diabetes.
otherwise, it is also recommended to go for flu vaccination to protect yourself from the various flu viruses.
If you are travelling, it is recommended that you vaccinate 2 weeks before leaving the country.
The flu vaccination is easily available at all polyclinics and most private clinics. Ask your doctor for more information.
prevent the spread of the virus to others. Take a breather from strenuous physical activities like running and jogging.
or sneeze. This prevents the release of respiratory droplets into the air, protecting your loved ones close to you. Dispose of the
used tissues into a covered dustbin and wash your hands after doing so.
More information on Influenza and how to protect yourself here.