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Just because your spouse has the flu doesn't mean you 'll inevitably get sick. It's hard to contain germs if you are sharing enclosed space, but wearing a mask or staying at least six feet away from your sick love one for a few days can help. To keep yourself healthy, manage your stress, keep everything clean, and get lots of rest. When the flu hits home and your partner or roommate becomes a flu - shedding germ - bag, many people resign themselves to getting sick. Although flu viruses are extremely contagious and tough to contain, there are few simple ways you can reduce your risk of getting hit even while caring for an ill friend or loved one. We 've rounded up some of the easiest things you can do to prevent yourself from catching a case of flu at home. The flu vaccine has been reformulate this year, and is available in both Shot and mist. Vaccine makers are hopeful that this year's formulation will provide better protection against some of the nastiest strains of flu than last year's Shot. In addition to preventing more than one in three cases of flu, flu vaccine can also boost your immunity and make your case of flu milder if you do get it. Flu season typically ramps up in October, so if you haven't gotten your vaccine yet, and you don't feel sick right now, it's great time to get dose. People are much more likely to get infected with flu from being around other sick people than they are from touching virus - laden surfaces. Person - to - person transmission of flu can happen when an infected person is talking, coughing, sneezing, or even just breathing near someone else. Viruss can be transmitted through air to anyone within six feet, so the easiest way to avoid getting sick is to keep your distance. A 2008 study in Hong Kong found that most viral shedding - when youre really passing germs around - happens in the first two or three days after a person gets sick with the flu. Day 2 tends to be worst, but that can vary. Once a person has been fever - free without the help of drugs for a full 24 hours, that's indicator that they are ready to re - enter the world, and won't share their flu with you, either. If you live in a crowded household, it's best to assign a single person to care for sicko and keep everyone else far away. Care - givers may want to wear a mask and disposable gloves when they visit their patient to avoid breathing in or picking up any flu particles. Viruss lasts for about 15 minutes inside of tissue, and on hard surfaces for a full day. If you handle things germs land on and then touch your eyes, nose or mouth, flu viruses can easily enter your body, New York State Health Department points out. That's why it's especially important to practice good hand washing.
Sniffles, coughs, sneezes, aches, and chills are just a few symptoms of the flu. Flu season starts soon after school starts. Dont wait until you start to feel crummy. Be proactive and get your flu shot as soon as its available. Getting a flu shot takes minutes, and it can save you a week or more in bed, missing all of the fun fall activities. If you do need to cough or sneeze, cough into your elbow or sleeve. If you have mucous, cough or sneeze into tissue and throw that away. Always remember to wash your hands afterwards. For most things, sharing is caring. Sharing germs is not. In order to prevent sharing germs with your friends, it is probably best to be a little selfish. Dont share utensils, combs or brushes, toothbrushes, razors, drinking glasses / cups. And also be sure to use condoms when having sex. You dont want to run the risk of sharing things like meningitis, flu, hepatitis, HIV / AIDS, lice, or even common cold. If you have community bathroom, it would be wise to make a cheap investment in some shower shoes. Fungus can grow in shower stalls. If you have microscopic cracks on your feet, you could end up with fungal infection if you do wear some flip - flops or another type of protective water shoe.
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