It is no secret that flu occurs every year. The cold season is almost here, thus it is essential that we take all possible steps to avoid cold or flu. It is very important to notice that flu is a very infectious disease. Flu is unpredictable.It is caused by a different group of viruses and the symptoms start suddenly. A high temperature (fever) of 38C (100.4F) or above, tiredness and weakness, general aches and pains, a cough or headache are only several symptoms of flu to mention.
What harm can flu do?
Having flu can often be much worse than you think. According to the Public Health England (PHE 2018) report ‘Surveillance of influenza and other respiratory viruses in the UK: Winter 2017 to 2018′, 16 children aged 0-17 died because of influenza-related health problems. PHE also declared that flu is very dangerous for the 65+ year olds, pregnant women, people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease) and children younger than 2 years old. For them, can increase the risk of developing complications (such as pneumonia or bronchitis) that can be life-threatening and result in death.
How to prevent?
You can help stop yourself catching flu or spreading it to others with good hygiene measures and clean home environments.
Cleaning tip: Microwave wet sponges once a day for two minutes, and replace at least once every two weeks. Lisa Yakas, microbiologist in NSF’s consumer products program, shows people how to sanitize and get the smell out of kitchen sponges. Watch here: http://www.nsf.org/newsroom/how-to-sanitize-and-get-the-smell-out-of-kitchen-sponges
Old, dirty carpets, sofas and different hard surfaces are an important reservoir for dust, allergens, or even toxic chemicals. Kitchen tables, coffee tables, play-area tables, and night tables also host cold and flu viruses. Even stuffed animals and your pets might spread viruses.
Cleaning tip: The good news is that you can dramatically decrease your chances of getting sick by simply cleaning with eco household products that can significantly improve the quality of indoor air. They will also refresh and sanitize the surfaces and eliminate germs, mold, bacteria and dirt form your furniture, household appliances or items. It is recommended to vacuum clean your carpets or upholstery as often as possible. Protect your kids as well. If washable, toss Teddy in the laundry. Moreover, sheets, blankets, towels should be washed at high temperature.
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The article has been written using the folowing references:
1.Public Health England (2018). Surveillance of influenza and other respiratory viruses in the UK: Winter 2017 to .2018.
2. Public Health England (2015).We are counting on you to wash your hands [online] available at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/we-are-counting-on-you-to-wash-your-hands
3.NSF International. Germiest items in the home [online] available at http://www.nsf.org/consumer-resources/studies-surveys-infographics/germ-studies/germiest-items-home