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With the recent virus pandemic escalating and spreading across the world, imposing mandated and voluntary quarantines and now reaching Central Indiana. I don’t want to alarm anyone out there, and while I am not a medical professional. I have worked in a medical facility where sick people arrived to be treated regularly. However, working at the medical center I learned that there are somethings you can do to protect yourself and prevent getting sick.

Mass Hysteria and the Flu

Don’t let this year’s latest strain of influenza virus scare you. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the 2018-2019 flu season was the longest in a decade. Still, people dying from the flu is not new. In fact, also according to the CDC 56,000 people die from flu or flu-like symptoms each year.  So, the best way to prevent viruses and bacteria from spreading is by practicing normal everyday sanitary measures and strengthen your immune system.

Prevent the Spread of Germs and Flu

Here is what the CDC says on the prevention of spreading germs and flu:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I also intern at the Little Red Door Cancer Agency. At the Little Red Door, we come in contact with clients that have compromising immune systems. So many of us were instructed to stay and work from home if we don’t need to come into the office. This is happening all across America and here in Indy with other companies as well to further prevent the spread of infection. While it is daunting to hear, “don’t come into the office if you don’t have to.” There is no sense in overreacting and over worrying. Take the proper measure, strengthen your immune system, wash your hands and protect yourself from misleading news sources that spread false information by checking sources.

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