The flu can be one of the most destructive viruses known to mankind. It can turn our immune systems into a defense mechanism against us rather than against the virus. This can cause serious long-term complications and even death. That is why it is important to work as rapidly as possible to contain the spread of the virus within our communities. There are some very simple and easy to implement measures that we can take to ensure that self quarantine in the home is as comfortable and safe as it can be.
The first place to begin is with our own health care needs. As soon as the first symptoms appear, we must take responsibility for maintaining appropriate personal hygiene. Proper personal hygiene includes washing hands every time before touching food, refraining from touching things that have been shared in the past, using hand sanitizer when appropriate, and washing your mouth with water whenever you start to feel the onset of a cold or other respiratory infection. These preventative measures are not only useful for our general health, but also help to ward off the flu. After each visit to the doctor, be sure to fill out a self-diagnosis form so that your doctor can make a correct diagnosis and offer the right treatment.
Our household responsibilities should also be put on the back burner for this flu season. For one thing, do not share cooking and cleaning jobs with the entire family. That said, we should keep in mind the fact that we will likely spread the flu to others through touch. That is why all of us should take steps to limit the number of unsupervised contact that we have with family members and friends. That is also true of our work activities.
For those of us who are working, we should take a moment to get ourselves into the right work mode. If necessary, inform our supervisors of our absence. Even if they do not understand the importance of this, they will know someone in the office who does.
The most important measure that we can take to ensure self quarantine in case of a flu is our own hygiene. This begins immediately after we get home. Scrub the areas of your body that will come into contact with others. For the chest, throat and nose, wash with antibacterial soap right away. Do not touch your eyes, and stick to glass surfaces such as mirrors and windows. Clean all carpets, floors and any upholstered furniture thoroughly.
Be sure to clean your home thoroughly after each visit to the bathroom. Repeat this twice a day, particularly after you use the toilet. Make it a point to close all doorways to your home, and take all unused medications from the medicine cabinet, discard them, or give them to your doctor. This way, should you develop symptoms while you are at home, your symptoms will not spread to other members of your family.
The second and very important measure that we can take to ensure self quarantine in case of a flu is our immune system. Our immune systems keep us healthy and ward off disease by protecting us from bacteria and viruses. When sick with a cold, this defense mechanism takes on even greater importance. In order to fight the flu, our immune system needs to be strong.
A very efficient method of boosting your immune system is the taking of multivitamins. These contain vitamins that have been proven to boost the immune system. Other measures that we can take to ensure self quarantine in case of a flu include taking short exercise breaks and drinking plenty of water. These simple measures are easy enough to do and will go a long way to keeping you healthy and ward off illness.