The 2010-2011 Flu Season has started and the Center for Disease Control expects that the H1N1 influenza virus (i.e “Swine Flu“) will play a large role in Oklahoma City and worldwide, as in 2009-2010. Last year, the virus reached pandemic status — the first time that’s happened in 40 years.
In public places, avoiding “germy” places can be difficult. But within your home, you can easily create germ-free spaces. This 4-minute interview from NBC’s The Today Show teaches about the flu virus, and how to protect yourself.
A few of the cleanliness tips shared include:
- Flu virus can live for up to 8 hours on a household surface
- Computer keyboards carry 400 times more bacteria than a toilet seat
- Make sure your cleaning tools (i.e. sponges, mops) are, themselves, clean
The video also shares tips for keeping a cleaner, safer home, plus facts on the influenza virus.
Stay clean, stay healthy, and consider vaccinations. The flu virus hospitalizes 200,000 people each year.