In Monmouth, Ocean, and Middlesex County, flu season is running rampant. Emergency Rooms all over the state are flooding with sick adults and children alike, as the weather is cold and germs are spreading.
According to NJ.gov, about 8% of emergency room visits in New Jersey are for influenza-like illnesses. Because the Influenza Activity Level has been widespread and high throughout every region in New Jersey recently, it’s more important than ever to be wary of getting sick.
Whether it is at school, work, or in your own home, people and places can get you sick and really put a damper on your winter. Here at Judd Shaw Injury Law, we believe health and safety are of the utmost importance, so that’s why we’re providing some tips on avoiding the flu in hopes that all can have a healthy and happy winter with their loved ones.
Wash Your Hands / Use Hand Sanitizer
One of the easiest but most looked over ways to keep germs away is washing your hands. You can do this at any time—not just following a bathroom break or a meal. Using hand sanitizer or washing your hands anytime you touch something that you think may not be clean or sanitary is a great way to limit the spread of germs to yourself and others.
Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose, and Mouth
No matter how often you wash your hands, it’s impossible to completely separate yourself from the spreading of germs. That’s why it’s so important that we keep our hands away from our ears, nose, and mouth. It’s hard to know when we touch something that could get us sick, and in most cases, we don’t know until it’s too late.
Disinfect Surfaces Regularly
When using objects or working on surfaces, it’s always smart to take a minute or two to disinfect them before and after using them. It’s good to disinfect anything you come in contact with, especially objects you are touching and working with regularly. Not only will this keep a clean environment around you, protecting you from illness, but you very well might be helping someone else stay healthy who might not have thought to disinfect the objects they come in contact with every day.
Cover Your Mouth and Nose
Coughing and sneezing go hand in hand with winter. When coughing and sneezing, it’s important to cover up your mouth and nose so you don’t spread around any germs. Be sure to sanitize and wash your hands afterward so the germs don’t spread onto whatever you touch.
Unfortunately, no matter how careful we are, sometimes our daily lives inevitably lead to us getting sick. If you do get sick, do yourself and those around you a favor and stay home. You might think you need to go to work, but you’re much better off taking the time you need to get healthy so that you can perform to the best of your ability when you return and so you don’t get any of your coworkers sick.
Winter is a tough time for everyone. Every year it seems like everyone is getting sick or you’re the one getting sick. The flu is a very tough illness to deal with, making it all the more important to do what needs to be done to avoid it. We wish you all a safe, healthy, and happy winter!