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Medical top five tips on how to avoid the flu


December 13, 2017

According to a recent survey of healthcare professionals, here are the most advised tips on avoiding the flu:

1. Knuckle it. When holiday shopping, get into the habit of punching in your debit card pin with a knuckle instead of a fingertip. This way if you rub your eye or mouth with your fingertip, you’re not transferring germs.

2. Avoid using your phone in the restroom. A bathroom is coated with germs, especially in a public place. While most people wash their hands after using the restroom, they don’t wash their phones. The CDC says contaminated particles can live on surfaces for up to 24 hours, you can easily spread them by touching the screen then touching other surfaces. Get in the habit of wiping down your phone to cut down on spreading germs.

3. Don’t share pens. Whether at work or signing a credit card receipt at a store, never pick up a public pen because they’re covered with other people’s germs. Keep a pen handy for any situation that could pop up.

4. Protect yourself at the pump. Drivers must get gas no matter what, sick or not. When you fill up, grab a paper towel by the pump before picking up the gas nozzle. You can also use the paper towel as a barrier when punching in your debit/credit card info.

5. Sanitize after shaking. People are more germ-conscious these days so this is not as rude as once thought, especially during flu season! If you must shake hands with someone, either sanitize or wash your hands immediately.


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