SPREAD THE LOVE, NOT THE FLU (quick facts on how flu spreads)


You are contagious 1-2 days before you start showing symptoms and up to a week after
You can spread it to others up to 6 feet away.
Flu viruses in droplets (like from a sneeze) can live in the air for hours
Flu viruses in droplets survive even longer in colder temperatures
Flu viruses can live on hard objects for up to 48 hours (think: phones, keyboards, doorknobs, countertops, toys)
Flu viruses can live on porous objects for up to 8 to 12 hours (think: clothing, tissues, paper)
Flu viruses can live on hands for only 5 minutes – but what are you touching in those 5 minutes?
Kill the flu virus with: soaps, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, chlorine and commercial germicides
You can also kill the flu virus with heat, but it has to be above 167 degrees. So you can kill it in a dishwasher, but not with handwashing in hot water alone.

Bottom line, do these 3 things to stop spreading the flu:

1. Cover your mouth with your sleeve or a tissue when you sneeze or cough
2. Wash hands with soap, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer to prevent
3. Do the above 2 things even if you are not sick or around people who are sick. Because ANYONE can be contagious!

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By: Jaty Tam ND. Dr. Jaty is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor in Toronto and the Medical Director and Co-Founder of Well Street Health. Driven by her passion for health education, and her desire to bring wellness principles to the corporate world (in which she spent many years before becoming a Naturopathic Doctor), Dr. Jaty, continues to inspire audiences and build innovative corporate wellness programs that cultivate winning wellness cultures.

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