This flu season has been uncharacteristically long. According to the CDC, flu season started in the fall with a mild flu strain. However, a more virulent and severe H3N2 strain hit in mid-February, bringing worse symptoms and more risks for older adults.
Here are some tips to avoiding the flu and fighting off its symptoms. Stay safe out there!
Fighting off the Flu
Avoid Getting Sick
Your best bet is to just avoid exposing yourself to the illness in the first place. Wash your hands after handing money, touching guide rails or shaking someone’s hand. Make sure you disinfect everything, and consider eating at home instead of going out to eat.
Make sure you don’t touch your face or eyes before washing your hands after you’ve been outside. It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to illness!
Head it Off Early
If you feel yourself getting sick, take action right away. Get lots of vitamin C, drink lots of water and consider taking supplements like Emergen-C. The sooner you get to work fighting off the virus early, the sooner your body can overcome the symptoms of the disease.
Take it Easy
When you’re sick, just take it easy. There’s no reason to try to push yourself when you’re unwell. A surefire way to have your symptoms longer, and expose more people to the virus, is to go out into the world. You could cough on surfaces, inadvertently spreading the disease more. Just stay home and get some rest while you’re fighting the disease.
If your symptoms are particularly harsh and aren’t abating, see your doctor. They might be able to help you by prescribing antiviral measures. They’ll be able to help you tackle your symptoms, too, keeping you from being as uncomfortable as you could be.
In short, use common sense when it comes to the flu. With this being one of the longest flu seasons in years, you’ll want to make sure you keep yourself safe out there. The last thing you need is to get sick right as Springtime is starting!