It is not uncommon for everyone in the whole family to get the flu once one person in the household has it. The flu virus can be spread before symptoms even appear, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. After symptoms appear, the flu is contagious for up to a week.
However, there are some simple strategies that you can use at home to keep your family well and prevent the flu from taking root in your home.
Disinfect Hard Surfaces
Flu viruses are able to thrive for up to eight hours on hard surfaces. Consequently, it is important to disinfect light switches, doorknobs, and remote controls frequently. Cellular phones are a hotspot for bacteria and viruses. Use antiviral sanitizing wipes or sprays to disinfect telephones and other surfaces on a regular basis.
Quarantine the Sick Person
When just one person is ill, consider encouraging them to stay in just one room until they feel better. This is a very simple way of preventing the spread of germs. Make the room comfortable and cozy. Set it up so that they have everything that they need, such as water, tissues and medicine. Encourage everyone else in the house to stay out of the “sick room” until the person is better.
Wash Those Hands
Encourage everyone in the home to wash their hands frequently. This is one of the simplest and most effective ways to prevent illnesses. Use soap and warm water and rub hands together vigorously for 20 seconds. Teach younger kids to properly wash their hands by telling them to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice while washing to ensure that they wash long enough.