Learn about the flu, what 97% of us are doing wrong and how humidity helps your immune system…
Every year an estimated 5% to 20% (16M – 65M) of us get flu symptoms. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the single best way to avoid influenza flu symptoms and related complications is to get a flu shot. The second way is washing your hands, something 97% of us do not do well.
Influenza (flu) is a contagious viral respiratory illness that infects the nose, throat, and lungs. Flu viruses spreads in droplets when people cough, sneeze or talk, and that they travel for a distance of about 6 feet. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. — CDC
Flu viruses can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly.
Here are some flu symptoms:
- Fever or feeling feverish/chills – not everyone with flu will have a fever.
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
- Most people who get influenza flu symptoms will recover in a few days to less than two weeks.
- Pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus and ear infections are examples of complications from flu. The flu can make chronic health problems worse. For example, people with asthma may experience asthma attacks while they have the flu, and people with chronic congestive heart failure may experience worsening of this condition that is triggered by the flu.
- Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications.
- During a regular flu season, about 90 percent of deaths occur in people 65 years and older.
- CDC recommends that all children 6 months and older get a flu vaccine. See the treatment guide from the CDC.
97% of us are doing it wrong…
Lots of folks use hand sanitizer thinking it will prevent colds and the flu. But here’s the thing… According to a study from Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine in Japan, simple hand washing kills the flu virus much faster than hand sanitizer.
U.S. Department of Agriculture found that nearly all of us aren’t washing our hands properly. The participants either didn’t wash for long enough or didn’t use a clean towel to dry their hands.
Dirty hands? Be sure to follow these steps:
- Use running water. Moving water helps remove the germs from your skin. And it doesn’t matter if it’s cold or warm.
- Use regular soap. Rubbing your hands alone creates the friction needed to get rid of germs and dirt. Soap allows the germs to release from your skin more easily.
- 20 seconds. Keep rubbing your hands together for this long and get under your nails.
- Rinse and dry off with a clean towel. Make sure your towel dries in between uses to get rid of any lingering bacteria. Also, avoid those air blowers that you’ll find in public restrooms. They spread germs and can undo all of that cleanliness.
Influenza virus’ success hinges on:
Prevent Disease suggests that the influenza virus’ success hinges on low relative humidity and cold temperatures. Such conditions keep the virus more stable and in the air longer than warm, humid conditions, scientists said. A whole home humidifier can help.
Improve your immune system.
Stop sickness, painful static shocks and crazy static hair. Lower heating bills and feel better with a whole home humidifier.
- Improve your immune system. Add humidity to your home in dry winter times. Help avoid sickness and lower the thermostat a few degrees and still feel as warm as you did. Lower heating bills up to 5% for every degree lower you set your thermometer.
- Humidity helps upper respiratory problems, dry nose, cracked, itchy skin, or congestion and stops static shock, static hair.
- Also stop damage to your antiques, piano, woodwork and more. Humidity helps plants and animals too.
You’ll feel a real difference with a whole home humidifier. For free advice call your neighbors at PDM Plumbing, Heating, Cooling Since 1885. 815-207-4111. Serving Joliet SW Chicago Suburbs for 134 years.