In order to stop the next flu demic, we should learn how an epidemic can begin in the first place. Influenza, better known as the flu, is spread from mammals including birds through their saliva and any body secretion including blood and poop. Since these are air borne and flu is a viral infection, human can catch it from the secretion that is in the air from the mammals. This does include touching a surface that has been infected. Among humans, when one gets the virus it can be easily spread in a household from touching the surfaces that another person has touched. This includes door handles, television remotes, phones and other surfaces. To stop the virus from spreading in your home, cleaning with a disinfectant has been shown to help kill the germs.
In recent years more flu demic has proven to be resistant to any sort of treatment. They have been labeled as super bugs and do not respond to the drugs that have been used in the past. This can be a great concern for those that are in the health field, because they do not understand how to stop the virus from spreading and then this starts a demic that could end up spreading world wide. One way to help protect yourself from the new strains of flu that are coming around is getting a flu shot every year from your doctor. If your child is showing signs of being sick, keep them home from school. Schools tend to have outbreaks every year because parents do not keep their kids home when they think they have a simple cold. When your child sneezes or coughs and does not cover their mouth or nose, this helps the virus spread. Kids are not very good at washing their hands and do not think about touching their eyes or face with dirty hands.
It can not be stressed enough that to keep the next flu demic from taking hold people need to start practicing simple precautions. The first 24 hours that you are sick is when you are the most infectious and can cause the flu to spread. If at all possible, stay home from work or school and separate yourself from other family members. If you have to go to the doctor, wear a mask for sick people. This way you will not be spreading germs to other people that are there or could help yourself from catching the flu from someone else. It is also very important to wash your hands after you sneeze or cough. When you sneeze or cough, you have the germs on the surfaces of your hands and anything you touch will have the germs on them. Do not over use hand sanitizers. Wash the surfaces in your house with a disinfectant spray.
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With the knowledge that we have today on how to stop flu demic from becoming a world wide problem, we can learn how to control it easier. A lot of it comes down to personal hygiene and knowing when to stay home when you are sick to stop germs from spreading.