With the pandemic in full force, it’s more important than ever to protect against the flu. Many experts are concerned about the occurrence of a Twindemic, which could overwhelm our healthcare system and strain our resources. To make matters worse, it’s possible for people to contract COVID-19 at the same time as a cold or influenza, which can take a serious toll on the immune system.
It’s time to protect your home and workplace with a protocol involving regular deep cleaning and bleach-free disinfectant.
With a little bit of planning, you can stop these viral infections in their tracks. Read on for tips for avoiding the flu this season and Twindemic prevention.
1. Get a Flu Shot
If you don’t always get a flu vaccine, this is the year to change that. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends seasonal flu shots for most people over six months of age. The CDC estimates that vaccines prevented nearly 4.4 million flu cases and 3,500 flu-related deaths during the 2018-19 season. Experts suggest getting a flu shot before Thanksgiving at the latest.
2. Boost Immunity
When your immune system is strong, it can fend off viruses like the flu and COVID-19. While it typically regulates itself, it can be weakened by allergies, colder weather, conditions like asthma and even some medications. Boost your immune system with healthy habits like exercising regularly, eating an antioxidant-rich diet and good sleep. Take steps to reduce stress, which takes a toll on immunity. Try anti-stress techniques like meditation, deep breathing, walking, reading, socializing, journaling or yoga. Research shows that vitamin deficiencies can also affect our immune systems. Consider seeing a doctor and getting blood work done to see if you are deficient in important vitamins that are vital to immunity, such as vitamins C and D. Your doctor may recommend supplements that can boost the immune response.
3. Level Up Disinfection
Regular cleaning and disinfection is key for Twindemic prevention. Schedule deep cleanings and disinfect daily with an EPA-registered disinfectant like Clear Gear. Disinfect all surfaces you regularly come into contact with and target all the germy hot spots and communal areas in your home and workplace. Saturate Clear Gear wipes with our bleach-free disinfectant and carry them with you on the go. Since Clear Gear kills COVID-19 in just three minutes without bleach or alcohol, it will help keep you safe without damaging or corroding surfaces or equipment.
4. Practice Good Hygiene
The basic tenets of good hygiene are still one of your best defenses against the flu, COVID-19 and other viruses. Regularly wash your hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds. Opt for hand sanitizer when soap is not available. Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze, using either a tissue or the “Vampire Sneeze” technique. Avoid touching your face and mucous membranes—the eyes, nose and mouth—especially with unwashed hands.
5. Quit Smoking
Smoking weakens immunity and can cause serious complications for anyone who catches the flu or COVID-19. It causes an exaggerated response to viruses, for both the smoker and those exposed to secondhand smoke. This translates to more severe illnesses, longer recovery time and even death in some cases. Avoid smoking altogether to stay healthy and safe.
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