by Lambert Plumbing and Heating in Vancouver on February 12, 2016

5 Ways to Combat the Spread of the Flu in Your Home

There are numerous strains of the flu virus, which makes it difficult to contain. The flu is one of the most common diseases among Americans. Children are most susceptible to getting the flu, and once they’ve become ill, the entire Vancouver household can be at risk. Here are several ways to limit the spread of the flu virus in your home.

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Keep Sponges Clean

You have two choices: swap out sponges for newer ones or clean existing sponges. You can throw all sponges away and replace them with newer, antibacterial sponges. You can also microwave each sponge for one minute to get rid of germs. Doing this periodically can prevent the virus from being spread during routine cleaning.

Avoid Social Environments

For a period of anywhere between 24 and 48 hours, it is best for the sick person to steer clear of others. By then, the fever will have passed, and the person will no longer be contagious to others. If the fever last longer than two days, one should avoid others until the fever is gone and no longer being managed through medication.

Stash and Store Tissue Separately

Any used tissue that has been used should be stored separately in a sealed plastic bag. This restricts the movement of the virus and promotes a sanitary environment. Germs can actually spread from used tissue quickly in a trash can.

Wash and Switch Out Linens

Linens should be washed and replaced. Ideally, they should be washed separately from other linens. A sick individual should never share a bed with a well person while infected with the flu. Porous sheets make for a serious breeding ground for the flu virus.

Cover Coughs and Sneezes

A person coughing or sneezing should cover their mouth with their elbow. If using a tissue, discard of it immediately after use. This keeps the germs from breeding on different surfaces. Consider storing tissues in a sealable, separate container if at all possible.

People in Vancouver who have become ill with the flu are more contagious during the first 48 hours. The sick person is considered contagious until their fever breaks and is no longer being managed through medication. Experts recommend getting a flu shot during October and November of each year. Encourage loved ones to get vaccinated this flu season.

Keep your HVAC unit working by calling Lambert Plumbing & Heating, LTD at (604) 734-0890 in your Vancouver, BC area. 

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