By Tammy Peebles, Chief Nursing Officer, Meadows Communities
A lot of people have difficulty knowing whether they have the flu or a cold. Since flu season is in full effect and doesn’t end until March, this would be a good time to provide some facts.
How is it transmitted?
Spread from person to person, primarily through respiratory droplet transmission (e.g., when an infected person talks, kisses, shakes hands, coughs, spits, or sneezes near a susceptible person). These droplets can land in the mouth, nose, and possibly be inhaled into the lungs of people nearby.
Transmission via large-particle droplets requires close contact between source and recipient persons because droplets generally travel only short distances (approximately 6 feet or less) through the air.
Indirect contact transmission via hand transfer of influenza virus from virus-contaminated surfaces or object to mucosal surface of the face (e.g., nose, mouth) may also occur.
Airborne transmission via small particle aerosols (e.g., inhalers, in the vicinity of the infectious individual may also occur).
All respiratory secretions and bodily fluids, including diarrheal stools, of patients with influenza are considered to be potentially infectious.
Symptoms usually appear one to four days after you’ve been infected.
How to avoid the flu:
Stay home if you feel sick
Keep your distance, especially if you live or work in close quarters
Cover your moth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then wash your hands
Don’t touch your face
If you sneeze, sneeze into the corner of your elbow
In public bathrooms, use warm, soapy water and rinse — never touch faucets and door handles with bare hands
Wash your hands if you touch something a sick person handled — doorknobs, computers, faucets, elevator knobs, and etc.
Use alcohol-based disinfectants
Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands to the tune of “Happy Birthday” twice!
Meadows offers a full-range of senior living options—Independent Living, Independent Living—Plus!, Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing Care, Memory Care, Respite Care, and Achieve! Wellness and Rehab Therapy—with two locations: Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community in Chenoa and Meadows at Mercy Creek in Normal. To learn more about senior living options at Meadows, visit www.meadowscommunities.org or call 309-268-1501.
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