What Do I Do If I Come Down With The Flu?
This season's influenza outbreak is one of the worst in several years - according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). So - what do you do if you come down with the flu?
The Northland Chapter of the American Red Cross passes along these details.
- First, don't panic. Contact your doctor to make a diagnosis.
- Designate one person as the caregiver in the home and have the other household members avoid close contact with them so that they won't get sick.
- Designate a sick room and have all members of the household who are in fact sick with the flu share that room - if possible.
- Supply the sick room with the necessary equipment. Tissues. A plastic-bag-lined trash can. Alcohol-based hand rub. A pitcher of water. Thermometer. A humidifier. Facemasks.
- Give the sick person plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.
- Treat fever and cough with over-the-counter medications.
- Keep the sick persons personal items separate from everyone else.
- Wash everyone's dishes in a dishwasher - or in hot, soapy water.
- Wash everyone's clothes in a standard washing machine with detergent and very hot water. Tumble dry in a dryer with the hottest setting. Wash hands after handling laundry.
- Wear disposable gloves when in contact with or cleaning up body fluids.