As the weather gets colder, many people begin thinking about cold and flu season. While a great number of people are familiar with the basics of treatment, washing their hands and covering their mouths when coughing or sneezing, there are actually a number of ways to protect yourself in your home or work place.
1. Control the humidity
Many people are tempted to seal up their homes and crank up the heating to beat the cold and flu season. However, recent research has shown that the lower humidity levels may actually help to spread the flu virus, with results showing “maximal infectivity” of the flue virus at lower humidity levels.
The humidity level can drop to 10% but the research has shown that homes with approximately 50% humidity is likely to have fewer virus particles on surfaces and in the air.
2. UV lighting
Certain forms of UV lighting can actually inactivate the bacterial or viral micro-organisms. By using this form of germicidal lighting on surfaces such as computer keyboards and mice, telephones and other such devices, you could reduce the spread of the flu germs.
3. Use air purifiers
Many people concentrate on cleaning hard surfaces to kill flu germs, many people forget about the air they are breathing. Closed heating systems can recycle air within the home and allow bacteria and allergens to flourish. Air purifiers can cleanse the air of airborne particles including germs, allergens and spores.
4. Wash your linens
Flu germs can survive for “two to five hours” according to the CDC. This can mean that germs may linger on linens and towels, passing to others who come in contact with them. Ensure you wash all linens in a hot wash and ensure that your hands are washed immediately after handling the dirty linen.