During this time of the year when everyone seems to be coughing, sneezing and blowing their nose, you need to know a thing or two about protecting yourself. Everyone is afraid that they will get sick. But the question is, what can you do to avoid spreading the flu or getting sick? Common knowledge tells us that we should properly wash our hands and cover out mouths when we sneeze or cough. Well, according to numerous scientists, common knowledge is not always the way to go, even if your mother believes that.
It seems that some of these habits are not only useless, but can also become harmful. When it comes to coughing, you should know that this is not the only way through which you can spread the virus. Simply breathing or talking can release the virus particles into the air for others to inhale. So, maybe it would be better to avoid people who yell because science tells us that they release the most virus droplets. Also, you may be shocked that the people wearing surgical masks are not trying to protect themselves. They are actually protecting those around as they stop the particles form getting out. However, they usually can get in through a mask.
Protecting yourself from the flu
Everyone knows that washing your hands when you’re sick is the way to go. And while this is indeed true and you should do it, hand-washing doesn’t help against the flu. This virus can only get inside an organism through the mouth or nose. So, if you want to cuddle with someone, you are free to do it, as long as you don’t cough or breathe too close to their face.
It would also be a good idea not to share something like a pillow or a towel with someone who is sick. Viruses can live on inanimate objects for up to 72 hours. So, better safe than sorry, right?
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