If someone in your home is sick with the flu, two things may worry you. These two things are: the health of the person who is sick and what you can do to make your home flu-proof to protect the remaining people in the home from catching the flu.
Of course, the best you can do to help the person who is sick is to try to get him/her to drink plenty of fluids, eat when he/she is able and to take any medications that the doctor may prescribe. You can also try to keep the house quiet so the person can rest.
While the person who is sick is resting, you may wonder how you can make your home flu-proof. The best ways in which to do this is:
1. Disinfect items that the sick person touches a lot such as: remote controls, telephones and door knobs. This should be done at least daily.
2. Disinfect desktop if the sick person has spent any time there. This also includes the computer keyboard.
3. Look for cleaners that say that they are disinfectants or sanitizers on label.
4. If you wish to use natural cleaners try lemon juice, tea tree oil or vinegar and use them in hot water.
5. Sanitize all sponges and mops in hot water in between uses
6. Humidify your home with a humidifier. Yet, use it properly. Clean the filter as suggested by the manufacturer. Uses only distill water in it and clean daily.
How long does the flu virus live outside a person? When a person cough or sneezes it can live on a kitchen sink or anywhere outside one’s body for a period of 2 to 8 hours. This means if you come into contact with this virus after a person coughs over a sink and then wipe it into your eye, you can catch the virus and possibly the flu. This is why disinfecting is so important when there is a sick person in the house.