Flu Update from CDC

CDC INFLUENZA EPIDEMIC

The flu virus is spreading across the country very rapidly. Be sure to get a flu shot as soon as possible. It is not 100%, but in the event that you do get the flu, it’s usually much milder then if you didn’t get your shot.

Most importantly: Get your flu shot!

During flu season keeping your hands clean and germ free is essential. Sometimes soap and water aren’t available. I keep hand sanitizer in my office, one in my car, and one in my kitchen. Additionally, I carry a small bottle in my coat.

  • Washing your hands thoroughly with soap and hot water, regularly; especially before handling food or eating.
  • Avoid touching you eyes, nose, mouth or face without washing your hands thoroughly first.
  • Keep a safe distance from people who are showing signs of having a cold or being ill.
  • If you use public transit, you may want to wash your hands thoroughly before eating or cross contaminating things in your home or office. Some people wear masks when using public transit to help avoid possible exposure to the airborne virus and germs during flu season.
  • Wiping down surfaces in your home or office that you and others have frequent contact with like, your desk, writing implements, or a kitchen area with a disinfectant.
  • If you do catch the flu or a bad cold, be considerate of others and stay home to avoid spreading it to others. Sharing is caring, but not when it comes to being sick.

    Handy items to have during flu season include:
  • A hand sanitizer; for frequent use, and when soap and hot water are not readily available.
  • Optionally, a surgical or other face mask that covers the nose and mouth when using public transportation. This particularly important if you're going to the doctor with symptoms, to avoid infecting others.
  • A thermometer to check your temperature in the event that you start feeling ill. Keep in mind, a temperature is not the only symptom of influenza. If you have a fever or suspect you have it, see your doctor, so he can properly diagnose your condition.

When using crowded public transportation, I would personally use a mask to help reduce my exposure to airborn cotangents. I used to ride the railroad and the New York City Subway, both where people are packed in like sardines. Keep in mind that the Flu and Corona Virus are airborne viruses.