Viruses like the flu can live for up to two days on doorknobs and other hard surfaces.

Healthy Habits Stop Germs

In addition to getting a flu shot, there are a number of ways you can protect yourself and stay healthy during flu season.

Take action to Stay Well!

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Viruses like the flu can live for up to two days on telephones, keyboards, doorknobs and other hard surfaces. Use a quarter size dollop of soap and rub hands together for 20 seconds. If you are in a public restroom, use a paper towel to turn off the faucet when finished and use another one to open the door on your way out. Also, avoid water that is too hot as it may prevent you from washing for the appropriate amount of time to remove germs. For some tips to make sure your hands are germ-free, check out this podcast from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if you don’t have access to soap and water. Apply a nickel size dollop to the palm of one hand and rub your hands together. Cover all surfaces of hands and fingers, including areas around and under fingernails. Continue rubbing hands together until alcohol dries.
  • Keep your body strong. Get plenty of sleep, stay active, manage stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food to fight germs.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth to keep germs from entering your body.
  • Clean common surfaces, such as doorknobs, phones, countertops, etc. with sanitizing wipes.
  • Distance yourself and avoid close contact with others who are sick.
  • Ask your doctor about flu shot availability in your area.

What if I get sick?

If you get sick with flu-like symptoms, here are some things you can do to reduce your recovery time and prevent the flu from spreading to others around you.

  • Get the Right Care
    • If you are concerned about your illness, consult your healthcare provider.
  • Follow Through
    • Stay home. The CDC and Lockheed Martin Corporation advise you to stay home from work and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
    • Cover your cough! Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands.
    • Get lots of rest, drink plenty of liquids, and avoid using alcohol and tobacco to reduce your recovery time.
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