Cold, Flu, and Allergy Season

10.3.14  

Written by: Selective Micro Technologies 

cold and flu seasonThe air is crisp and the leaves are beginning to change because fall is finally here. With such arrives seasonal allergies, and the ever-so-unfortunate yearly cold and flu season.

Children have gone back to school after a long summer away from their classmates, and the germs have started to mingle and spread once again at a very high rate. They share the germs at school and then bring them home and introduce them to parents and younger siblings. Therefore, it is important to try to keep yourself and your family healthy and your home as germ-free as possible.

Preventing Viral Illnesses 

While allergies cannot be controlled due to the changes in the weather and physical environment, the chance of viral illness can be lessened with several simple steps.

These steps include:

  • Getting your flu shot.
  • A good regime of regular disinfection.
  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! You never can drink enough water.
  • Good hand washing as always!

The common cold and seasonal flu exist because of viruses, which are very contagious, hard to contain, and can spread like wildfire. Due to the weather changing and getting colder, people tend to spend a lot of time indoors which increases their chances of acquiring a virus. This is because the virus spreads more easily in confined spaces and can live for certain amounts of time on inanimate objects. Further, this is why disinfection and sanitization during the cold months become important more than the rest of the year.     

The Difference Between The Cold and The Flu

Knowing the difference between the cold and flu is important as well because many people end up hospitalized each year due to improper treatment of illnesses. While both are highly contagious, a cold can hold you back for a few days to a week, but the flu can take hold of you for up to a month or longer. For the common cold, there isn’t much treatment other than rest and fluids, but for the flu, there are medicines a doctor can prescribe to reduce the severity of the symptoms. If your symptoms persist, it is always a good idea to give your doctor a call. You are contagious for the first few days of a cold, so keep away from people who are especially susceptible to illness like young children and the elderly. If you can, take time off work as well, because no one likes a sick person coming and spreading germs in the office!

Here is a chart to compare your symptoms so you can try to determine whether you have a cold, the flu, or allergies!

So stay warm, enjoy some football, and the upcoming holidays, but keep living, office, and car environments properly decontaminated, which in turn will assist keeping you healthy as well!

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