Holiday music, fireplaces, hot chocolate, and cold, wet weather. Tis the season – the flu season. When we gather in crowded shopping malls, mingle at holiday parties, and just stay inside for warmth, we are giving viruses the chance to multiply.
The flu is a respiratory infection that is much more severe than the common cold. Symptoms include headaches, chills, coughing, fever, muscle ache, fatigue, sneezing and runny nose, loss of appetite, and sometimes vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea. According to The Public Health Agency of Canada, children, seniors, and those with chronic health concerns are particularly at risk for complications from the flu, which can become fatal.
It is important to avoid contributing to the spread of the flu. To combat the flu, follow these tips:
1. Frequent Handwashing
About 80% of infectious diseases are spread through the hands, therefore handwashing is a very effective way to prevent the spread of these illnesses.