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8 Things To Do to Stop the Flu

8 Things To Do to Stop the Flu

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, taking precautions to prevent the spread of germs has never been more important.

Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but are caused by different viruses. Both can spread from physical contact, inhaling droplets from an infected person's cough or sneeze, or by touching surfaces with the virus on it and then touching your mouth, eyes or nose.

Experts agree that the best protection from viruses, like COVID-19 and flu is practicing these 8 everyday habits to stop the spread of germs.

  1. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  1. Stay home when you are sick.
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  1. Cover your mouth and nose in public and follow social distancing guidelines.
  1. Cover coughs and sneezes then wash your hands immediately.
  1. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  1. Clean your hands with soap and water. Or, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  1. Clean and disinfect high touched surfaces like tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks DAILY.
  1. Boost your immune system with plenty of sleep, physical activity, stress management, and a diet filled with nutritious food and plenty of fluids.

In addition to practicing these healthy habits, don't forget -- the single best way to prevent the spread of the flu is to get your shot. To find out more about getting the flu shot, speak with your health care provider or visit

For more articles about this year's flu season, please visit our Flu Season blog.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention