‘Tis the season for the flu.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that from October 1, 2019 through January 25, 2020, there have been:
- 19 million to 26 million flu illnesses
- 8.6 million to 12 million flu medical visits
- 180,000 to 310,000 flu hospitalizations
- 10,000 to 25,000 flu deaths
Here are five steps you can do to fight the flu:
1) Know Your Facts
- oral zinc products
- rinsing the nose and sinuses with filtered/treated water (NOT tap water)
- vitamin C
However, with the flu, there’s little evidence to show effectivity. But if any of these remedies make you feel better, there’s no harm in doing it. Just be mindful that some natural remedies may interact with each other.
2) Take preventive actions to avoid exposure
3) Boost your immunity
4) Stop the spread of the virus
5) Fight Back
You may need antiviral drugs (most would not) if you belong to the high-risk group to avoid flu complications like:
- sinus and ear infections
- inflammation of the heart (myocarditis)
- inflammation of the brain (encephalitis),
- inflammation of the muscles (myositis), or
- multi-organ failure (respiratory or kidney failure).
High-risk group includes:
- adults 65 years and older
- pregnant women
- young children and those with neurologic condition
- people with asthma, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, cancer
Stay well hydrated and well-rested.
Flu may be in season but you don’t have to go with the fad. You can be stronger than the flu bug.
For more information, visit:
https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/rinsing-your sinuses-neti-pots-safe for more information
The above information are from the CDC and posted for educational purposes only, and are not necessarily supported in whole by this site. As with any education material, use discretion and diligence in adopting the practices to your personal condition and lifestyle.