It's flu season. What can you do to avoid it, or if it's already hit, prevent it from spreading throughout your household?
Flu viruses can live on some surfaces for about 24 hours, while Norovirus, a common and extremely contagious cause of stomach bugs, causing nausea, stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea, can hang around for weeks. The virus spreads very easily both from person to person, and through contaminated foods and surfaces.
Step number one is to remind everyone in the family to be diligent with their hand washing hygiene to avoid both picking up and spreading germs. You may also consider keeping disposable disinfectant wipes in every room to easily and frequently wipe down common surfaces.
Has the flu bug already hit a family member? Stock up on disposable gloves and keep the following tips in mind when attempting to disinfect surfaces and stop the spread of germs.
- Sanitize kitchen and bathroom counters with a chlorine bleach solution, and also wipe down the small, commonly touched surfaces such as faucets, doorknobs, the refrigerator handle, stove knobs, light switches, phones, computer keypads and the remote control.
- If clothes or linens are contaminated with fluids from a sick person, wear disposable gloves to gather them, wash them with detergent and non-chlorine bleach in the hottest water possible, and dry on the hottest setting too.
- Your germ-busting blitz is meant to keep you healthy, but remember to practice safety in your quest. Avoid mixing bleach with ammonia, for example, as it can result in harmful vapours that can severely irritate the respiratory system.