Avoiding the cold and flu

Published 10:01 am Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Ironton Catholic schools had closures this week, due to a large number of cases of the flu.

Even though it’s been unseasonably warm and does not feel like winter, it is still cold and flu season, and we would like to remind everyone of tips to take care of themselves in the next few months.

— Consider getting a flu shot. This is the most effective method of prevention.

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— Be sure to wash your hands as much as possible. Scrubbing 20 seconds or more will help to clear viruses from skin that can be picked up from doorknobs and other surfaces in public, as well as shaking hands.

_  When it’s not an option to wash your hands, have an alcohol-based sanitizer available. Small travel-sized bottles are ideal for the car, a purse and carrying on one’s self.

— Avoid touching your eye, nose or mouth. This is the way most viruses are picked up.

— In addition to your hands, keep your surroundings clean. Use sanitizer on doorknobs or desks in the workplace.

— And, if you do get sick, try to stay home. Not only will you get needed rest, but you will avoid getting co-workers, fellow students or others you associate with sick as well.