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How to Prevent the Spread of the Flu in Your Home

You can’t ignore it. Flu season is here for the next few months (or longer). Rather than hope for the best, there are a few key steps you can take to prevent the spread of the flu in your home.

Here’s what you and your family members should be doing:

·      Cover all sneezes and coughs: Get into the habit of covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze and cough. This is one of the best things you can do to prevent the virus from spreading.

·      Regularly wash your hands: You don’t have to go over board, but do your best to wash your hands after you sneeze, cough, or touch your eyes or mouth.

·      Stay clear of those who are ill: If your spouse has the flu, for example, do your best to limit contact. When getting close, cover your face with a mask to limit your exposure.

·      Keep your home clean: Remember, the flu virus can live on hard surfaces for an extended period of time. Keeping your home clean helps reduce the risk of you or someone else picking it up.

Final tip: even though it's cold, spend some time outdoors. Getting fresh air and staying active can help keep you healthy.

If you take these steps, you’re in better position to prevent the spread of the flu in your home over the months to come.

Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.

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