Flu-Proof Your Home

February 16, 2018

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It's turning out to be one the worst flu seasons in recent memory.  For those who have been able to avoid it, you are lucky! But there's more than luck as you can use science to try and extend your streak by flu-proofing your home.  It's pretty simple, the flu virus makes its way into your body from a contaminated source and it's not always a cough.  So the first thing you need to do is stop touching your face. We have a habit of regularly touching their faces with hands that touch dozens of items a day.  So work to keep your hands away from your face and make it a habit to wash your hands thoroughly throughout the day. Now, it's time to go on the offensive and eliminate the flu virus by disinfecting your surroundings.  Disinfecting is different than cleaning it is designed to kill certain types of microbial species. Killing the flu virus before it reaches you is fairly simple.  Wipe down surfaces with simple detergents, diluted bleach, hydrogen peroxide or steam. Another tactic is to kill the virus is to add a humidifier. As crazy as it may seem living in humid Florida, winter air is less humid.  Recent studies have found that low-humidity conditions can give the influenza virus a better chance to survive.  Finally disinfect common surfaces of your home.  Door knobs, refrigerator and microwave handles, faucets, light switches, chair backs and even TV remotes, tablets and phones.  Experiments with influenza reveal the virus can remain infectious on surfaces for up to 24 hours. This means you should disinfect as often as possible while an individual is showing symptoms and, to be safe, for a few days after they subside.

SOURCE: Daily Mail & CNN

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