2. Stay Away From Others Who Are Sick
This one seems obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people still interact with friends and family members who are sick. The flu is extremely contagious and easily passed from person to person, especially if that sick person is sneezing and coughing into the air around them. In an interview with Cosmopolitan, Dr. Amesh Adalja, MD, an infectious disease physician, spokesperson for the Infectious Diseases Society of American, and senior scholar at Johns Hopkins University for Health Security said the flu parasite can travel up t0 3-feet through the air inside small droplets that are released when someone sneezes or coughs them out.
The same advice goes for those who are sick…stay at home! Even something as innocent as running errands or going to school can put others at risk. The biggest conundrum is people who are sick and most likely still contagious that go into work. These are the people who don’t want to “waste” their sick days or fall behind on work, but sick days are there for a reason, so use them! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises people to stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone (without the use of a fever-reducing medicine).