Thursday, August 13, 2009

Never Sneeze into Your Hand

With all the news coverage on the possibly of a severe upcoming flu season I was checking out the CDC website "With the new H1N1 virus continuing to cause illness, hospitalizations and deaths in the US during the normally flu-free summer months and some uncertainty and about what the upcoming flu season might bring" Quote from the CDC. I came across this article on the Farmer's Almanac Website on tips to help eliminating germs in your home which may prevent some illnesses.

Here are a few ways to help show germs to the door:
Allow fresh airflow in your home daily. Open a window or outside door for a few minutes each day.
Change the filter on your heating and air conditioning system at least once every 3 months.
Change your toothbrush after recovering from a sore throat. In the winter, change your toothbrush monthly.
Disinfect doorknobs, light switches, and all cabinet knobs when there is sickness in your household to prevent spreading germs to other family members.
Soak drinking glasses used by sick family members in the sink with warm water and a teaspoon of bleach for five minutes before washing.
Wash bed sheets and towels in the hottest water possible, adding ½ cup vinegar to each washer load.
Don’t share pillows with sick family members. Sick persons should use their own bed pillow when resting on the sofa.
Take Vitamin C supplements, or eat fresh citrus fruit.
Always wash your hands after using a Kleenex or caring for the sick.
Never sneeze into your hand. If a Kleenex or handkerchief is not available, sneeze into the inner elbow of your shirt sleeve.
When you are sick with a fever, chicken soup, herbal teas, and ginger ale are soothing and help keep you hydrated.

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