How to Survive Flu Season With Dr. Nick!

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Dr Riviera

Alright people, we are getting in the Back to School mindset and soon we will be in those colder months. What does that mean? 1. Epic Snowball fights and 2. Flu Season! Don’t start panicking yet, I’m going to try and help you through these tough times where plague runs rampant in our streets, and the dead rise from their graves and feast on the flesh of the living…That is what happens right? Least that’s how the news makes it sound.

Let’s start with a disclaimer. I am NOT a medical professional. Nor do I claim to be. I’m just a guy with some tips to help you stay clear of the flu. If by chance you do get the flu while following my tips…my bad. Seriously, sorry nothing I could do.

First off, let’s start with some basics. Wash your freaking hands! That’s the best way to prevent the spread of germs. You can use that hand sanitizer stuff, but it’s best to use good old soap and water. The hand sanitizer will kill germs, but it doesn’t clean them off. So you end up with a bunch of dead germs on your hands. Hit that stuff with some warm water and soap.

When this swine flu stuff first popped up there were signs posted in the bathrooms on campus about proper hand washing. Really? If you can make it to adulthood without proper hand washing that’s messed up. If you still don’t know how I’ll help you out there.

  1. Rinse hands with warm water.
  2. Get soap on hands and work into a lather. You should do this for at least 20 seconds. Something I tell the kids I work with is to sing the Alphabet song in your head or out loud, depends on if you want people to think you’re crazy.
  3. Rinse soapy hands in warm water.

Some extra steps in there would be to get the paper towel you are going to dry with ready before you start washing. That way you don’t have to touch the dispenser with clean hands. Then you can use that same towel to open the door. Do you know how many people leave the bathroom without washing their hands? It’s pretty gross…

Flu most commonly spreads through fluid transfer. That’s coughing, sneezing, spitting, kissing, feasting on the flesh of the living, eating or drinking after someone. In March I got the flu after drinking after someone…I’m not pointing fingers, but you know who you are and I’m still pissed!

When we sneeze, what do we usually do? We cover our nose and mouth with our hands. Do you ever go to the bathroom and wash your hands after that? Didn’t think so. Think of all the things we do with our hands through the day. Think about all the doors you open, phones you touch, all the fist bumps you give and computers you use. How often do you think those are cleaned? Instead of sneezing on your hands, try this; bring your shoulder or the bend of your elbow up to your face. Go on, do it…DO IT NOW!! See how that covers your face? Use this to cover a sneeze or a cough, I know it seems weird, but how often do you bump shoulders or lock elbows with people? Once you sneeze the germs are trapped in the fabric of your shirt and die. Even better than that, use a disposable tissue to cough and sneeze in, then throw it away.

Flu germs can survive on a hard surface like door knobs or light switches for up to 2 days. They survive in tissues for about 15 minutes and on the skin for about 5 minutes. If the germs are preserved in mucus, yeah I know it’s gross, then they can survive for a bit longer cause the gooey stuff acts as a shield.

Your Immune System is a major factor in you getting sick. Research shows that Vitamin C is one of the top contributors to a healthy Immune System. Not only does it boost your IS, but it helps fight off Scurvy! Yarr Scurvy be a cruel beast! Pirates hate scurvy. The daily recommended allowance for Vitamin C is about 90-200 mg. Your body can only tolerate a certain amount though. So don’t eat tons of supplements or citrus fruit. Over 2000 mg of Vitamin C can make you sick, giving you Diarrhea. Gross I know, so go easy on it. 200 mg a day is fine.

Another way to prevent the Flu along with Swine Flu is a vaccination. If you are comfortable with getting a Flu Shot then go for it. Some people don’t like to get them, claiming that the vaccination makes them sick or causes other uncomfortable effect to their body. I’ve never got a flu shot, so I can’t say much about them. If you feel that it’s right for you, ask your Doctor or find out when pharmacies are scheduling Flu Shots for the public.

Now, as for Swine Flu. Don’t freak out about it. Regular Flu kills more people per year than Swine Flu has in 2009. The flu kills 36,000 people a year, while H1N1, the official name for Swine Flu, has killed almost 600. What should you do if you get swine flu? First, you should have that confirmed by a Doctor. To help prevent the spread of the swine flu, you should quarantine yourself. Stay away from others, flu spreads from person to person really easily. Alert people you’ve been around recently. Don’t send them into a panic, just let them know “Hey I’ve got the flu, you might want to clean your place up.”

How should you clean up to prevent spreading the flu? You can wipe everything down with distilled bleach. Mix it up in water, about a tablespoon of bleach in a gallon of water is a good mix. Wipe down any commonly used items and surfaces, remotes, knobs, tables, game controllers, light switches, the whole 9 yards.

Hopefully with these tips you can stay Flu Free in the coming seasons. The main reason we get sick during the fall and winter months is because we are more commonly packed into rooms with others. School starts up, cold weather drives us inside and ventilation systems keep the same air circulating. People are germ factories, plain and simple. Just remember to stay clean, eat right and you should have no problems this Flu Season.

For more information check out the CDC website. They have waaaay more information and more ways to prevent sickness and stay healthy.

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2 Responses to “How to Survive Flu Season With Dr. Nick!”

  1. Alright, who brought Pig Flu to the party? « Stuff Says:

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  2. Robert Shumake Says:

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    Robert Shumake

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