Unless you suffer from a medical condition that specifically requires you to avoid going out in crowds, it’s likely that you are going to be at risk of contracting influenza from other people. If you want to reduce the risk of contracting it and reduce the risk of passing along to someone else if you have it, there are some simple steps you can take according to the CDC.
Coughing is one of the major ways that the influenza virus is passed from person to person. It is also passed by sneezing. You should take measures to avoid coming into contact with people who openly do either and you should take measures to make certain that you are not endangering others.
The easiest way to reduce the effect of your coughing or sneezing is to bury your mouth and nose in your elbow when you are about to cough or sneeze. This controls the spread of saliva and other particles that are discharged from your body when you cough. If you ever watch somebody do either on a slow-motion camera, like in the video below, you’ll see that the spray goes quite a ways and is certainly enough to infect people around the person coughing or sneezing.
The Power of a Single Sneeze to spread The Flu
It is advisable to take some very sensible measures to protect yourself against people who may not really care whether they infect other people with influenza. After you touch surfaces that other people have touched, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly before touching your nose or your mouth. It’s a good idea to keep your hands away from your nose, mouth and eyes during the flu season.
The single best measure you can take to prevent contracting influenza is to get a vaccination.
Not only will you be less likely to suffer with it, you will be far less likely to make anyone else suffer with it, as well.