10 simple ways to prevent spreading the flu at home

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA 01368633

For those of you who have been paying attention to the news, you know that this years flu is the worst in decades.  Here are some simple precautions anybody can take to try to keep yourself healthy at home.  


1)  Get a flu shot.  It may not prevent getting the flu, but it can lessen the effects if you do get sick.


2)  Wash your hands often. This is the single most effective way to prevent spreading the flu germs to others, or to yourself.  It's good for those who are already sick, and those who are trying to prevent being sick.  Wash in warm water for 20 seconds.


3)  Isolate your toothbrush.  A lot of families put toothbrushes in  a community holder.  Segregate a sick family member's toothbrush from others.  In a perfect scenario, segregate every body's toothbrushes into their own holder. When the sick family member gets better, replace the toothbrush with a new one.


4)  Launder bedding frequently.  For people who share a bed, change the pillow cases daily until everybody is healthy again.


5)  Launder bath towels frequently and use disposable paper towels in bathrooms for drying hands.


6)  Wash dishes on "sanitize" mode if your dishwasher has such a setting.  Consider using disposable paper plates and cups if you don't have a dishwasher available.


7)  Use disposable antibacterial wipes. Watching television and using other electronic devices is a common way to kill time when you're sick.  Use disposable antibacterial wipes to wipe down remotes, keyboards, and other electronic devices handled by infected family members.  


8)  Empty and clean humidifiers daily.  Empty and refill your humidifier daily.  Humidifiers are the perfect place for bacteria and germs to breed and flourish then be distributed around the room.


9)  Get plenty of sleep and stay hydrated.  Whether you are sick, or trying to keep from getting sick, plenty or sleep & staying hydrated is good for your body.  


10) Misc:

Try to reduce external stresses.  Stress can wear you down and make you more susceptible to getting sick.  


Stop or reduce alcohol intake 


Increase protein consumption


Take vitamin C, and/or drink more fresh juices




Good luck staying healthy!  I hope 2018 has you up and active, and not in bed nursing the influenza. 






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Jim Cheney, Broker

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Wine Country Real Estate

Santa Rosa, Sonoma County


Comments (16)

Sharon Kowitz
Cary, NC Relocation Specialist ~ Buying or Selling

Great Tips! Thanks for sharing

Jan 31, 2018 05:46 PM
Jim Cheney

Thank you Sharon Kowitz !  I'm sure these tips are nothing new, but a reminder during flu season never hurts!  We've had a few deaths in Northern Cal due to flu so far so we are taking it seriously. Thanks for stopping by

Jan 31, 2018 08:03 PM
Joyce Marie Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Ormond Beach, FL
Luxury & Ocean Homes in Central Florida

Jim, we are all worried about getting the flu. Here in our house, we are on high alert. We are doing everything we can to keep the flu away. One thing you didn’t mention which is critical, if you are sick, stay home! 

Jan 31, 2018 06:28 PM
Jim Cheney
Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Rosa, CA
Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055

Yes Joyce Marsh, Daytona Beach Florida , resting at home is good for everybody.   I was sick over NEw Years, and have since gotten a cold.  I had a flu shot so I feel at this point I'm out of the woods but you never know...  Hope you stay healthy!

Jan 31, 2018 07:49 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Jim

Good advice for all given the severa flu epidemic we are experiencing. There are so many ways to pick up germs when out and about. My wife has the flu and while I had a flu shot I am also taking Tamiflu as a precaution. Keeping my fingers crossed!

Have a great weekend!


Feb 02, 2018 02:03 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Jim, great advice, and the flu is very prevalent here in Denver too.   Have felt great so far!  

Feb 04, 2018 08:13 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is certainly timely advice to share.

Many have been ill this season.

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