Are you looking for ways to avoid being hit with the flu after Chinese New Year holidays? Even if you have a strong body immune system, there is still a possibility of getting infected. Besides trying to lock yourself away from everyone else, there is no foolproof way of completely avoiding the flu. That being said, there are multiple measures that you can apply to reduce the exposure, improve your immune system and reduce the risk of infection. Take a look at some of the best health tips that might just help you overcome the flu season.

 

What is Type A Influenza?

Type A Influenza is a contagious viral infection that attacks a person’s respiratory system. An infected human can be serious, which can lead to widespread outbreaks and diseases. The common symptoms of type A Influenza can sometimes be confused with other flu conditions. In most milder cases, the flu can subside on its own without any serious symptoms. Whereas cases of type A Influenza can be considered as life-threatening.

 

What are the Type A Influenza symptoms?

The viral infection is different from a common cold, the flu usually occurs with a sudden onset of symptoms. Certain symptoms may persist more than a week without any signs of improvement. Individuals with weaker body immune system or people at the age of 65 years old and above are required to take immediate medical treatment if any common symptoms occur. Typical signs of an influenza infection may include the following:

  • body aches
  • chills
  • fatigue
  • headache
  • fever
  • sore throat
  • sneezing
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • coughing

 

If left untreated, the viral infection will cause:

  • cardiac issues
  • bronchitis
  • pneumonia
  • asthma attack
  • chest pain
  • abdominal pain
  • dizziness
  • vomiting
  • nausea
  • diarrhea
  • ear infection

Healthy habits to prevent viral infection

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too. If possible, it is best to stay home from work and errands. This will help prevent spreading the infection further to others. Avoiding large crowds or public places can be difficult, but if you can limit contact with people during flu season, you can reduce the risk of getting an infection. If you have a weaker body immune system, wearing a face mask is mandatory whenever you are in public places.

 

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent others from getting sick. Wash your hands regularly to help protect yourself from any germs and bacteria. Alternatively, you can use alcohol-based hand sanitizers if soap and water are not available. Consider carrying a bottle of hand sanitizing gel along with you. Sanitize your hands whenever you can if you are not able to wash your hands. While washing your hands, use warm soapy water and rub your hands together for 20 seconds. Dry your hands with a clean towel after you have to rinse your hands.

 

Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth as infections can spread when a person touches something that is contaminated. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home and work, especially when someone else is sick. Get plenty of sleep and stay physically active at all times. Last but not least, drink plenty of water and eat nutritious food.

 

Improving your immune system is a great way to protect yourself against the flu. A strong immune system will help fight off the infections and reduce the severity of symptoms if you are infected. Having sufficient sleep and maintaining regular physical activity routine daily will help as well. Having a healthy and nutrient-rich diet will boost your immune system. Fruits and vegetables are full of vitamins as well as antioxidants which helps to promote good health.

 

At the workplace, routinely cleaning frequently touches objects and surfaces. That includes doorknobs, keyboards and phones. Inform your HR to ensure the workplace has sufficient supply of tissues, soap, paper towels, alcohol-based hand rubs and disposable wipes for employees. 

 

At the workplace, routinely cleaning frequently touches objects and surfaces. That includes doorknobs, keyboards and phones. Inform your HR to ensure the workplace has sufficient supply of tissues, soap, paper towels, alcohol-based hand rubs and disposable wipes for employees. 

 

Image Source: World Health Organisation

 

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