Protect yourself! – The flu is coming!

Dr. Valéria Holpert Otolaryngologist, Phoneter, a physician at the Otolaryngology Center, was asked about the practices that should be used in addition to vaccination to avoid the flu or to pass on the infection.

Really use a handkerchief!

Influenza is known to spread by droplet infection. During a sneeze, nearly 40,000 tiny drops of saliva are released into the air, and the viruses that cause the flu stick in the air for hours and can travel longer distances. Therefore, it is very important that if you or someone in your environment is ill, put your hand or handkerchief in front of your mouthto prevent the spread of pathogens in the air!

Take enough time to wash your hands!

The state-of-the-art, antibacterial and fragrant hand wash is worth nothing when used in a rough, hand-washed way. Let’s face it at least 20 seconds, rub your hands and don’t forget to rinse thoroughly!

Do not visit the patient!

Many don’t either they are relaxingif you are already sick. This, in turn, not only makes their own healing difficult, but can easily infect others as well. It is also unfortunate that we return to work too soon, unlike the common cold, we can pass on the flu virus not only in 3, but even in 5-7 days.

Wear a mask!

Keeping the right distance is much harder if our family member living in an apartment with us has become ill. In that case, only use of handkerchiefs, regular hand washing, and wearing a health mask covering the nose and mouth can help prevent the spread of pathogens.

You know what makes you sick!

The common cold and flu symptoms during the winter may be similar, but there are some differences that allow us to decide for ourselves which illness makes us feel bad.

  • High fever and severe headaches are less common in the common cold, and muscle aches and severe tiredness are also characteristic of the flu.
  • Colds recover faster, and after the flu, fatigue and weakness can persist for up to 2-3 weeks.
  • Sore throat is a common symptom in both diseases,
  • however, nasal congestion and sneezing are signs of rhinitis.
  • Coughing can occur in both cases, but it can be much more severe and prolonged in the case of influenza.

Get plenty of sleep, eat good and move!

The sentence above actually contains everything we need to know about how to reduce our risk of winter illness. Research shows that those who sleep little – less than 7 hours a day – are more likely to get sick. Let’s try to eat in a varied way and move! This not only increases our resilience, but is also a great way to relieve stress that weakens the immune system.


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