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Caring for a flu patient?

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This year’s flu season is set to surpass all prior years in severity, even worse than 2009 H1N1. In fact, Centra Care’s most recent data shows that over 1,100 patients were treated for the flu across all its locations. So what do you do if the flu hits your home and how do you prevent the whole family from getting it?

1. It starts with the basics.Remind everyone in the family to wash their hands properly and often.

2. Even though the average person touches their face 2 to 3 times a minute – hand to face contact should be avoided.

3. The flu virus can spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. So keep your flu patient away from others as much as possible.

4. Disinfect often. The flu virus can survive on surfaces between 2 to 8 hours.

5. If you or your loved one is prescribed medication for the flu, it’s important to finish the prescription, even if you’re feeling ‘better’.