5 Ways to Combat the Spread of Flu in Your Home

Influenza, or flu as it is commonly known, is a viral illness that can easily spread from person to person, especially in such close quarters, such as that of your Ft. Smith home. The virus spreads through the air from coughing and sneezing.

Spreading can also occur via contact with other body fluids. The good news is that there are ways to minimize the spread of germs in your home.

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Wash Hands

The number one most important way to stop the spread of flu is the washing of hands. Not only do you have to wash them frequently, but you must also wash them properly.

Use soap and warm water, and rub hands together. Wash hands for at least 20-30 seconds. Young children can be encouraged to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice to know when the time is up.

Avoid the Spread of Airborne Germs

Anyone with the flu should be taught to sneeze into their elbow or shoulder or to use a tissue. The infected person and all others in the vicinity of the infected person should also limit the touching of their eyes, nose, and mouth.

When touching does occur, hand washing should quickly follow. Additionally, when tissues are used, they should immediately be put into a trash can or bag and, again, hands should be washed.

UV Air Purification

Your home’s air quality might have a bigger impact on your family’s health than you realize. Older HVAC systems will let countless contaminants into a home, and this often results in severe seasonal allergies, red eyes, sore throats, runny noses, and a variety of other respiratory issues.

Studies have revealed that UV air purifiers are so effective that they can kill over 99 percent of all contaminants and allergens. These devices are often installed near a home’s air filters in order to provide an additional layer of security against outside toxins.

Circulate Fresh Air

When the temperatures outdoors will allow, try to get some fresh air into the home. Crack a window or door to allow for the flow of air into and out of the house.

It may help the germs to move out of the home more quickly. Your HVAC system can help you circulate air through your Ft. Smith home.

Cool Mist Humidifier

A humidifier may help the patient feel better. Beyond that, some research has shown that humid air may also slow or stop the spread of viral respiratory illness. If you have a humidifier on your furnace, this is a good thing to run all winter. Otherwise, portable units can do the job during illnesses.

Nobody wants to be struck down with the flu. Other than vaccination, there are no certain ways to avoid it. However, using your home’s resources and your head can help keep illness to a minimum.

Keep your HVAC unit working by calling Mountain Air Cooling & Heating at (479) 782-4328 in your Ft. Smith, AR area.