Flu season is upon us, and as predicted, it’s panning out to be one of the worst in recent years. While flu levels are falling in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the same is not true for Europe. Data from Europe shows that flu cases are increasing in more countries than they are decreasing. According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), 25 of 28 countries surveyed last week report that flu transmission is medium or above, with Belgium being the worst affected country. If you’re worried about the risks and haven’t got round to getting a flu shot or have a fear of needles, don’t worry: there are other ways to keep the flu at bay.
From home to the workplace, consider doing the following to stay healthy this season:
- At home: According to NBC News, fighting back with food can help in warding off the flu. Specific foods that increase your ability to do so include garlic, yogurt and black tea.
- On the go: Dr. Caroline Brown, program manager for Influenza WHO Regional Office for Europe, recommends taking steps to stop it spreading, such as basic hygiene—sneeze or cough into a tissue or elbow, not hands. She also advises to wash your hands regularly with soap and water. If you don’t have access to soap and water, Dr. David B. Samadi of Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, suggests using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60 percent or more alcohol. In the United Kingdom, the government has also provided some advice under the slogan “Catch It. Bin It. Kill It” which aims to halt the spread of flu viruses.
- At work: Remember to disinfect your work station regularly. Technology radio host Kim Komando gave some good advice on how to do this in an article last flu season. And if you’ve ever wished you could give your keyboard a good rinse – you may want to check out the Logitech Washable Keyboard K310. Not only can it be hand washed, but it can be fully submerged in up to eleven inches of water and has convenient drainage holes at the back for easy drying.
In fact, Rosa Golijan from NBC News put the keyboard to the test by pouring soda, mustard, ketchup and chocolate syrup on it – check it out here.
What are you doing this flu season to stay healthy? Let us know in comments!