Autumn is a great time of year, but what’s not so great is influenza, aka the flu. Indeed, the flu has been under the radar given the prevalence of COVID-19, but unfortunately, it’s still a problematic reality. In fact, Coronavirus has only made the situation worse, so more than ever it’s important to practice good health habits to keep yourself out of sick territory.
Mobile Attic believes in your safety and happiness, so we’ve assembled some 2020 conscious tips for staying healthy and avoiding the flu.
#1: Get your immunizations
Simplest tip is to get your flu shots if you haven’t already. This protects you and others from a widespread outbreak, and they’re easy to get. You can even schedule them at your local pharmacy versus a doctor visit, if money is tight.
#2: Wear protection
Oddly enough, the preventive measures for avoiding COVID will help you here too. Wear masks when going out to reduce chances of getting the flu.
#3: Rest and fluids
Of course, even the best methods aren’t always enough. Contracting the flu is unfortunately quite easy. If you do get it, mind your symptoms and get plenty of rest while staying hydrated (water and non-sugary orange juice are your best friends).
#4: Know your symptoms
Common flu symptoms are fatigue, cough, and fever, and none of them feel great. Rest is the fastest antidote, but if you’re struggling, over-the-counter meds can help. Tylenol and NSAIDS are good for dealing with body aches and fever while dealing with coughs.
#5: Wash hands and don’t go out
Keep clean by washing your hands frequently. Viral load is another way of saying “in proximity to people with the virus,” and too much is what generally causes influenza. Washing your hands will protect you and others from spreading influenza
#6: Be mindful of the flu stages
One way to get a head start on fighting the flu is understanding its stages. It’s tricky now, too, because these symptoms are very similar to COVID-19, though both should be treated seriously.
Early in, those with the flu will begin to experience mentioned fever and chills (the sensation that you’re extremely cold even though your body temperature is high). Body aches are common too, normally in the head, legs, and back.
Further on, you may notice other symptoms like a dry cough, a runny nose, sore eyes, and in some cases nausea. The symptoms generally start within 3 days of infection and can last for up to 8 to 10 days, with fatigue and coughing lasting for weeks.
It’s also worth noting that younger children, those with chronic conditions, and elderly, are more at risk when dealing with flu symptoms.
Ultimately though, lots of rest, some simple meds, and fluids are your best antidote.