We are peak flu and cold season, in case you’ve somehow managed to avoid all the sniffling and sneezing thus far. This season has been especially awful, with the Center For Disease Control (CDC) recently announcing the flu has reached near-epidemic levels. If you’re looking for ways to protect yourself from the flu, you can start by getting a flu shot — it’s not too late! Also, if you’ve been able to stay healthy, you better thank whatever Emergen-C gods you worship because you are one of the lucky few.
There’s a good chance that someone(s) you know is currently sick at home with some form of the flu. Perhaps the call is coming from inside the house and you’re trying to figure out how to rid yourself of this runny nosed hell. According to Vox, this year’s flu season has been extra bad due to the particular strain that’s spreading, the H3N2 strain. The CDC reported more than 80 percent of this year’s flu cases involved the H3N2 strain. H3N2 is more difficult to prevent, even with the flu shot, making this year’s spreading strain especially horrible.
While common, the flu shouldn’t be taken lightly. 12,000 Americans die every year due to the flu. That number increases to 56,000 when the the flu season is severe. Children, people over 65, and others with a lowered immune system are especially at risk. With this season being at a near-epidemic level, it’s important that those who are flu ridden do their best to get better, both for their own health and the health of everyone else.
So, if someone comes into your office red nosed and tissue box in tow, here are five things you can tell them to do in order get better (and keep you from getting sick).