How to prevent the flu spread
It is estimated that between 2 million and 2.5 million people in the US are infected with the flu.
In the meantime, healthcare systems across the country are coping with the pandemic.
One of the key challenges that healthcare providers face is the increasing number of patients who don’t have access to healthcare and are at greater risk of infection with the influenza virus.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a study in November that found that about 10 million US adults have had symptoms of flu during the last six weeks.
While the overall flu death rate is low compared to other infectious diseases, about 80 percent of those infected with influenza are at risk of dying from the virus.
A recent study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics estimated that about one in four children ages 6 to 14 have received at least one dose of influenza vaccine.
To help healthcare providers and their patients avoid contracting the flu, they recommend taking the following precautions: Stay hydrated.
This includes drinking plenty of fluids, and getting enough rest.
Limit exposure to hot temperatures and avoid wearing clothing that is too warm or that could catch the flu in its cold-weather form.
Limit outdoor activity and use outdoor air conditioning.
Avoid activities that expose you to the sun, such as sunbathing and playing video games, and use shade or curtains to keep you warm.
Limit activity outdoors in low-light conditions.
In addition to hydration, keep the following in mind when preparing for the flu: Wash your hands well with soap and water.
If you are allergic to any medications or chemicals, get tested for symptoms before you take any medication.