Aachooo!! Holy cow. This was my millionth sneeze. Don’t you just hate it when you get the flu? A sore throat, stuffy nose and not being able to breathe are some of its perks. Oh and I forgot to add the on and off bone breaking fever that accompanies it.
Now, the million dollar question is ‘will I help in spreading this awful disease OR will I act like a responsible human being and not go around coughing in people’s faces?’
Why You Should Be Careful If You Have The Flu-
It is MY responsibility to take precautions as this simple ‘flu’ might be a trigger for other diseases in different people. You might be wondering how this might be.
Well, for starters, my toddler ends up getting ‘Bronchiolitis’ from a simple flu. This happens every winter, at least twice. For my mum, flu progresses into a condition called ‘bronchial asthma.’ The only treatment she can get in order to breathe are steroids which in return damage her health even more.
So, it is common courtesy and sense to avoid hugging, kissing and breathing in people’s faces when you are an infectious carrier.
In our country there is basically no concept of trying to contain the virus to ‘yourself.’ People don’t understand how grave this situation can be for others. For example, do we know how dangerous it is for an infected person to visit a newborn baby? If you MUST go, maybe wear a mask to avoid spreading germs in the air and please for the love of God, don’t pick that poor soul up. Even your hands and clothes carry germs which can infect the baby.
Now, let’s look at a few ways we can try to stop spreading the flu:
- Stay home:
If you have the flu, please do a favour to others and stay home. If your child is sick, keep him/her at home too to avoidgetting other kids at school sick.
- Flu shot:
It is recommended to get a flu shot every year especially for children. People who get vaccinated have milder symptoms and get better quickly.
- Wash your hands:
Our hands are the fastest way of transferring germs. When infected, we should wash our hands properly for the sake of others. Avoid shaking hands as well.
- Wear a mask:
If it is imperative for you to visit someone’s house where there are children and elderly people, wear a non surgical mask for their sake.
- Keep a sanitizer:
Keeping a sanitizer at hand will come in handy. If you sneeze or cough in your hands and are not able to wash them, a sanitizer will be a good disinfectant.
- Generally keep a distance:
There is no fool proof way to avoid spreading it. You might unintentionally give it to someone. So it’s better to generally keep a distance and tell people you have the flu and don’t want them to have it.
These are just a few simple ways that we can incorporate in our daily lives without risking other people’s health. It is our basic duty to feel empathetic towards the health of others. As they say, ‘do good and good will come to you.’