With 2020 being consumed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the last thing many of us want to worry about is the beginning of autumn, also known as the cold and flu season. It has been said many times that the best offense is a good defense, and in this case, you are the one person that stands between your loved ones and the flu.

According to the CDC, it is possible to have infections such as the flu and COVID-19 at the same time. Instead of wondering whether or not being infected with one raises your probability of contracting the other, why not take the offensive in your own home as an effective defense that your loved ones can depend on?

What the Flu Is

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that typically attack the nose, throat, and even lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and even lead to death. While getting a flu vaccine every year is the typical approach, there are other ways that you can prevent the spread in your own home.

Ways that You Can Help Prevent the Spread of Influenza Viruses

The list of supplies that help keep influenza viruses out of your body is very short:

  • Sanitizing Wipes
  • Sanitizer

Seriously, that’s it. The rest comes from adopting some common sense habits, such as:

  • Taking your shoes off when you walk into your house.
  • Washing your hands before and after putting them away.
  • Sanitize all kitchen countertops, faucet handles, desks, and anything else that is used regularly.
  • Sanitize your cell phone, quite possibly the most touched item in your possession.
  • Mop kitchen floors and entryways regularly, once a week or more, as needed.
  • Wash all children toys often, and...
  • Wash your hands frequently.

And ultimately, if no one in your household comes down with the flu, you can rest assured that these steps likely played a part in maintaining the health of your loved ones and yourself.

What if Someone in My House is Diagnosed with the Flu?

First of all, regardless whether or not someone in your home comes down with the flu, the steps above should be practiced, regardless of whether or not a pandemic is happening in tandem. Some simple things you can do include:

  • Not sharing towels, dishes, utensils, drinks, or food.
  • Sanitize every dish after washing with alcohol-based sanitizers.
  • Cough into the crook of your elbow, not into your hand, and finally...
  • Wash your hands.

How 208 Cleaning Can Help

At the end of the day, it is up to you to keep your house safe for your and your loved ones. Vigilance is preferable to damage control any day of the week, and we would like for you and your family to be safe this holiday season.

If you have any questions regarding home sanitization and how you can protect your home from a flu invasion, please get in touch. We’ll be more than happy to help.