Keep surfaces (& hands) clean to fend off the flu

Good Day Dakota

Although it’s the holiday season, it’s also a not-so-wonderful time of the year … flu season.

So far this season, there have been 192 confirmed flu cases, which is good compared to this time last year when there were more than 350 reported.

But, it’s just the beginning and the illness can spread a lot easier than you might think.

“We know that influenza kills every year,” ND Dept. of Health Field Epidemiologist, Linda Larson, said.

Thankfully, that hasn’t happened yet this flu season but to prevent catching the flu, kill the germs that harbor just about everywhere.

One of the ‘germiest’ places in your home is actually a place you might not expect.

Some people guessed …
“Bathroom.”
“Hmm.. doorknobs.”
“The bathroom, I’d say.”
“Kitchen or the bathroom.”
“Bathroom.”

There was one correct guess – the kitchen. Actually, your kitchen sink is usually where the most germs are.

That, among other surfaces that are frequently touched, should be cleaned every day.

Flu germs can travel up to 6 feet and actively sit on a surface for 48 hours, which is also why it’s so important to wash your hands.

“Cover that cough, cover that sneeze with a tissue and discard it,” Larson stressed. “Wash your hands frequently, you should be washing your hand for at least 20 seconds, that would be humming the happy birthday song twice.”

Plus, there’s always another good way to fend off the flu.
Larson said, “The single most effective way to prevent influenza, of course, is to get the flu vaccine.”

When cleaning surfaces, Larson said to use soap and water, a bleach and water solution, or EPA approved products like Lysol or Clorox Wipes.

Remember to give things that are frequently used, like keyboards and doorknobs, a cleaning at the end of the day.

Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Recent Videos

Amber's Monday Morning One Minute Forecast 12/9

Thumbnail for the video titled "Amber's Monday Morning One Minute Forecast 12/9"

Arctic Air Highlights The Week

Thumbnail for the video titled "Arctic Air Highlights The Week"

Meals on Wheels

Thumbnail for the video titled "Meals on Wheels"

Top Plays

Thumbnail for the video titled "Top Plays"

Sunday Snow

Thumbnail for the video titled "Sunday Snow"

Military Housing Concerns

Thumbnail for the video titled "Military Housing Concerns"

Student Delegates

Thumbnail for the video titled "Student Delegates"

Refugee Meeting Update

Thumbnail for the video titled "Refugee Meeting Update"

Robert's one Minute Forecast 12-8

Thumbnail for the video titled "Robert's one Minute Forecast 12-8"

Holiday Travel Scams

Thumbnail for the video titled "Holiday Travel Scams"

HS Wrestling

Thumbnail for the video titled "HS Wrestling"

Girl's Basketball

Thumbnail for the video titled "Girl's Basketball"

Boy's Basketball

Thumbnail for the video titled "Boy's Basketball"

Ascension Google

Thumbnail for the video titled "Ascension Google"

Touchmark Tempos

Thumbnail for the video titled "Touchmark Tempos"

Protecting Privacy/Data

Thumbnail for the video titled "Protecting Privacy/Data"

Robert's One Minute Forecast 12-7-19

Thumbnail for the video titled "Robert's One Minute Forecast 12-7-19"

Lego League

Thumbnail for the video titled "Lego League"

Parkinson's Disease

Thumbnail for the video titled "Parkinson's Disease"

U-Mary vs Minot State hockey

Thumbnail for the video titled "U-Mary vs Minot State hockey"
More Video

KX News Trending Stories

Don't Miss

Daily Pledge

More Daily Pledge