It’s on its way—and we don’t mean Santa’s sleigh. No, we’re talking about another cold and flu season, because once the weather gets colder, all those doors and windows get shut tight. And that means indoor spaces and recirculated air will be rife with trapped germs and viruses. Given the majority of people spends upwards of nine hours per day in shared spaces with others, it’s inevitable that you’ll come into contact with those dreaded bugs.
HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?
While it’s difficult to predict the severity of the coming flu season—estimated to last until April of 2017—one thing is certain: The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) assume several new strains will crop up during the time period. So, it will be increasingly difficult for people to stave off the virus without help.
GET THE FLU SHOT
The CDC recommends everyone over the age of six months get a general flu shot. And, it recommends that anyone over the age of 50 gets what’s called a high dose vaccine. The general flu vaccine protects against three of four of the most common strains, and may take up to two weeks to be fully effective. So, getting a flu shot early in the season is a must.
One note: in recent years, a nasal flu spray vaccine became popular with folks who didn’t like needles. However, the spray wasn’t effective against flu strains that cropped up in the early spring of 2015, so medical professionals are recommending sticking (no pun intended) to the tried and true inoculation this year.
CLEANING AREAS IS VITAL
In addition to getting a flu shot, cleaning areas is vital, as the virus is passed along by aerosolized droplets spread through sneezing and coughing, as well as by touching surfaces infected with the droplets, which can travel in the air up to six feet from their point of origin.
To that end, using hand sanitizer is also a good bet; and it’s important to ensure that people who are sick stay home until they recover. People with the flu are usually contagious for a week after symptoms arise.
CLEAN THE AIR
Of course, an ideal way to combat colds and flu is by eliminating germs and viruses from the very indoor air we breathe. AeraMax® Professional’s complete line of commercial grade air purifiers remove up to 99.97 percent of indoor air contaminants like bacteria, germs, viruses, odors and volatile organic compounds from air, continuously and effectively. With its patented EnviroSmart™ Technology, each unit senses when indoor air needs to be cleaned, powering up automatically to quickly remove particles as small as .03 microns from the environs. And that could make for a very manageable cold and flu season this year.