Staying away from others while you're sick is a key step to stop the flu in its tracks. But not all of us can take lengthy amounts of time off of work.
So, if you have to be out in public while you're ill, there are some things you can do to keep the flu to yourself.
First, try to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. The flu can be spread to people up to six feet away.
This is most commonly done when the person with the flu coughs, sneezes or even talks. Influenza can also be spread by touching the same objects or surfaces and then touching your nose or mouth.
We should also sanitize anything that you might come in contact with. This is also a good idea even if you aren't the one who is sick. This way you don't catch the virus from something like a shopping cart or door knob.
If you live with someone with the flu, try to wash all of your linens and dishes as frequently as possible.
And, like you've been taught since pre-school, always wash your hands with hot water and plenty of soap.
Most healthy adults can pass the flu along one day before they experience any symptoms. So, even if you don't feel sick yet, you still want to be cautious about how close you come into contact with others.
Influenza Symptoms (CDC):