This year’s flu activity remains low in the Northern Hemisphere, according to the latest update from WHO, which covers November 6 through November 19. You can view the CDC’s report for the United States here. Local flu activity has been reported in one state—Massachusetts.
People still must remain vigilant to keep those numbers low throughout this flu season.
Here are some great tips from the CDC:
1. Avoid close contact.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
2. Stay home when you are sick.
If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
3. Cover your mouth and nose.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
4. Clean your hands.
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
6. Practice other good health habits.
Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
If you work in healthcare order yourself some protective medical scrubs that repel fluids like blood and bodily fluids so you don’t spread them from patient to patient or to your home.