Friday, 10 January 2014

Simple Steps to Avoid the Flu

Flu season seems to upon us once more, so if you've missed out on the flu vaccine, here are a few reminders (courtesy of the University's Wellness Services) that should help you to stay healthy.

Wash Your Hands

You should always wash your hands after going to the bathroom, but that isn't the only time you should do it. Just think of how many items you've touched today. How many of those items were things like door handles, public tables, etc? Every time you set your hand on one of the desks in your classroom or open a door into a pedway, it's like you're giving a high five to every other person who has previously touched it, so washing your hands is a big part of avoiding the flu.

Cover Your Mouth

Staying healthy can also mean helping your peers stay healthy. If you have to cough or sneeze, help protect those around you by covering your mouth with the inside of your elbow. As the video above shows, the elbow cover is the best way to prevent your germs from spreading to those around you. The elbow method is also the best way to prevent you from rubbing your germs back on to yourself.

No Touching

Avoid rubbing your eyes, wiping your mouth, or touching your nose before washing your hands. Nobody wants the flu and nobody want pink eye. 

Don't Share

There is always a time and a place for sharing, but flu season is not that time. Avoid sharing your water bottles, lip balm, or that pen you chew on in class. And if you have a reusable hanky... keep it to your self. 

Avoid People... Who ARE Sick

If you or your friends are sick, keep in touch over the phone, or iChat, or G-Chat, or Skype... don't hang out in person. And if you see a sneezing person sitting on the bus, opt to stand or keep moving to the back.

Use the Garbage

Image courtesy of 667Shotwell Projects

Although you might want to accept the challenge of building the tallest tissue pile (and if you do... ick), please don't. Put your used Kleenex where it belongs - the garbage. 

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