Written by Stacey Kelleher. Medically reviewed by board-certified pediatrician Dr. Ryan Blackman DO, FAAP.
Flu season is upon us. This viral infection isn’t just inconvenient and unpleasant: The flu can be extremely dangerous for pregnant women, senior citizens, children under 2, and people with underlying health issues or compromised immune systems.With the rise of the novel Coronavirus strain (COVID-19), it’s more important than ever to keep yourself healthy during flu season.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the influenza vaccine as your best defense against the regular flu. Other common recommendations include:
The novel Coronavirus isn’t an airborne virus: It’s actually spread through respiratory droplets. So while certain face masks can offer protection, most are better suited for preventing the spread of your infected respiratory droplets to others.According to Dr. Michael J. Ryan, executive director of the health emergency program at the World Health Organization: “There are limits to how a mask can protect you from being infected. The most important thing everyone can do is wash your hands, keep your hands away from your face and observe very precise hygiene.”
To stop the flu from spreading, stay home if you think you’re ill. The most common symptoms of the flu include:
If you have underlying health conditions, a weakened immune system, or if you’re at risk of developing serious health complications, early medical care may help shorten the duration of the flu and prevent more serious health problems (like pneumonia and bronchitis).
Dr. Ryan Blackman DO, FAAP states, “Influenza can be a devastating disease, especially for those who are at higher risk of complications. If you think you have the flu, be sure to notify your primary care physician early in the course of the illness as treatment options may be available.”
According to the CDC, the following symptoms could indicate a Coronavirus infection:
Gas pumps, doorknobs, elevator buttons: Using a high-traffic surface and then touching your nose, mouth, or eyes makes you susceptible to germs. Most of us don't even realize we’re doing it, so this takes an awful lot of awareness.Before itching your nose, reapplying lip balm, or fixing your contact lens, make sure you wash your hands thoroughly. If you have a facial itch, try using your arm. Open doors with your body whenever possible, and avoid handshakes. Don’t worry: People will be more understanding during flu season.
According to the CDC, one of the best ways to fight the spread of germs is by washing your hands. The CDC recommends using water and hand soap “because hand washing reduces the amounts of all types of germs and chemicals on hands.”
When washing hands, it’s also important to use the right technique. Shockingly, 97% of Americans don’t wash their hands correctly. During flu season – and all year long – be sure to follow these six simple steps:
While it’s not the most eco-friendly option, the best way to dry hands is with a fresh paper towel. Think about it: If you’re using someone else’s cloth towels – and they haven’t properly washed their hands – then you could be covering your hands in their germs.
So far, multiple studies have revealed that there is statistically “no significant difference” between households that use antibacterial soap and regular soap. What’s more, researchers are concerned that bacteria strains are becoming more resistant to triclosan and other antibacterial chemicals.
Triclosan and other antibacterial hand soaps are not necessary to clean hands effectively. Instead, it really comes down to your technique.
Ideally suited for those who wash their hands frequently throughout the day, Puracy Natural Liquid Hand Soap is loaded with gentle, effective surfactants as well as moisturizers. You’ll be able to clean hands correctly without robbing them of moisture (which can destroy the beneficial microbes on skin that guard against bad bacteria). You’ll also be able to avoid using greasy hand cream, which has a higher propensity of attracting foreign objects and germs.
If you aren’t near a sink, keeping hand sanitizer nearby is the next-best option. Just like soap, to be effective, you need to thoroughly rub hand sanitizer on your hands for at least 15 seconds.
We recommend keeping hand sanitizer in your car (especially important while running errands), your home entryway, the entrance of your office, and in your handbag.
Most people are familiar with alcohol-based hand sanitizers (like Purell), which tend to dry out skin. If you’re sanitizing and cleaning your hands more than usual (especially during flu season), it’s important to keep your hands moisturized and healthy.
Working alongside our PhD chemists, we’ve developed a benzalkonium chloride hand sanitizer that actually moisturizes your skin. It’s also non-toxic, alcohol free, and leaves little-to-no scent behind. When used correctly, Puracy Natural Foaming Hand Sanitizer has been clinically tested to kill 99.9% of germs.
Although the CDC recommends using a hand sanitizer with an alcohol concentration of at least 60%, studies have shown that alcohol-free benzalkonium chloride hand sanitizers are equally as effective for normal hand washing.To learn more about the active ingredient in Puracy Natural Foaming Hand Sanitizer – as well as its safety and efficacy – visit this link.
Keeping your home clean and virus-free is an essential part of preventing the spread of influenza. Puracy Natural Multi-Surface Cleaner is an extremely effective household cleaner that cleans bad-for-you germs while still being food safe. Focus on high-traffic areas like doorknobs and phones, and be sure to replace your microfiber towel to avoid transmitting germs (we recommend keeping a stack handy to cut down on paper towel waste).
To properly clean your Puracy microfiber towels, our enzyme-based laundry detergent will bring things back to a near-sterile state – naturally.
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