Tips to Staying Healthy in Cold and Flu Season

Colds and flu are two of the most common respiratory infections. Influenza and cold-causing viruses are highly contagious, easily transmitted from one person to another through the secretions that are eliminated when someone is sneezing, coughing or talking.

Protect the people around you!

wash your hands often during cold and flu seasonColds and flu are transmitted from one person to another. While you are sick, limit the contact you have with other people by staying at home. Adults can be contagious within the first 5 days after the disease has started, and children up to 10 days. When coughing or sneezing, cover your nose or mouth with a handkerchief, and then throw it in the wash. Wash your hands frequently throughout the day. All you need is water, soap and 20 seconds of your time. This prevents the transmission of viruses on various surfaces (bus bars, door handles, railings, telephones, etc.) that could be reached by other people. Reno viruses, the most common cause of the cold, can survive for up to 3 hours on these surfaces, as well as on the skin.

Last but not least, cold and flu are produced by viruses, and antibiotics do not cure viral infections. They are only needed if your doctor tells you that you also have an infection.

Contact the health specialists at Downtown’s Healthcare if you have questions regarding these tips, or would like to consult with experienced stem cell treatment Denver professionals.