As spring approaches, so does flu season. The flu can lead to serious illness that, in some cases, can cause hospitalization or even death. This is most common in the elderly and very young children, but it’s better safe than sorry. According to the CDC,The flu infects around 5% to 20% of people in the US every year. Runny nose, cough, fever and headache are some common symptoms of the flu. So if any of these start happening to you, get yourself to a doctor for a flu test.
To avoid the spread of disease, I’ve compiled a list of everything your doctor has probably already told you. So, if you want to avoid a repeat of last years epidemic, keep on reading.
- Wash your hands. No, seriously. Clevelandclinic.org confirms what we already know, Washing your hands with soap and water kills most of the bacteria and viruses on your skin, thus preventing the spread of the virus from your hands to other places.
- Get a good night’s sleep. Sleep helps maintain a healthy immune system, which you will most definitely need if you plan on going into the outside world.
- Drink Tea. Or, more specifically, tea with lemon and honey. An article from health.com says tea helps open up airways in your body while lemon thins mucus and honey is antibacterial.
- Eat more Protein. Research shows that diets with lower protein intake can deplete the immune system which, as previously stated, is a vital part of making it through flu season unscathed. If you’re on the Keto diet, this one’s for you.
Sanitize everything. Yes, literally everything. Just in case no one follows tip number one, you should probably sanitize anything you are going to come in contact with, especially in public places.