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Don't forget the three CsPosted Wednesday, February 23, 2011, at 1:09 PM
Guess I didn't follow the three "C" rule to prevent flu and other maladies, or maybe someone else didn't follow the rules, because some kind of epizootic got hold of me last week and knocked me for a loop.
The three "C" rules are Clean, as in washing your hands frequently, and Cover, as in cover your coughs and sneezes, and Contain, as in contain your own germs by staying home if your are sick.
In my case, it wasn't a stomach thing but bronchial and I didn't even have a smidgeon of a cold or congestion before the body ache and the coughing and wheezing hit overnight. Wham. Not been that sick for a long, long while -- I was out for a week. Wasn't much of a vacation. It was so severe I thought I was cracking ribs -- still sore when I headed back to work on Monday.
All this, and I had my flu shot last fall so thought I was immune to whatever came around. Not so. Mine was apparently not a viral but a bacterial thing because the antibiotics worked and helped me turn the corner to kick it -- so happy I have a wonderful family doctor.
As I write this, I'm getting ready to head back to the courthouse to do a lot of catching up, and I'm happy to be out and about again.
Others in my family were sick with the same thing too and it made us painfully aware that we need to step up our habits to try and prevent the spread of things in the house. When one of us goes down, we all go down.
So here's some of the usual tips and reminders for prevention of bad bugs (specifically the flu but these tips are good for bacterial bugs too) from the Indiana Department of Health:
Healthy Habits and Virus Prevention
Every individual shares the responsibility for reducing the spread of the influenza virus. Keeping healthy through proper hygiene, social distancing, covering one's cough, and isolation when illness does occur goes a long way towards reducing the rate of infection in the community. Educating others helps minimize the spread of influenza as well.
Good Health Habits Can Help Stop Germs
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
Stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. Keep sick children at home. You will help prevent others from catching the illness.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. Then wash your hands.
Washing your hands and the hands of your children often will help protect you from germs.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
It is important for people living in the affected areas to take steps to prevent spreading the virus to others. If people are ill, they should stay at home and limit contact with others, except to seek medical care. Healthy residents living in these areas should take the everyday preventive actions listed above.
People living in affected areas who develop an illness with fever and respiratory symptoms, such as cough and runny nose, and possibly other symptoms, such as body aches, nausea, or vomiting or diarrhea, should contact their health care provider. The health care provider will determine whether influenza testing is needed.
Anna is a staff writer at the Greene County Daily World and can be reached by calling the office at 847-4487 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
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