Cold & Flus

What is Flu?

Flu – or influenza – is a highly contagious virus that infects the respiratory tract. It's mainly caused by the influenza A virus in the UK. But there are many subtypes which are constantly evolving, so immunity rarely lasts for long. It tends to be seasonal, with infections peaking between December and March.

It spreads by:

  • Coughing and sneezing. Droplets are expelled which are either breathed in by people nearby, or settle on surrounding surfaces to be picked up by touch.

  • Touch. Ill people can leave behind infectious nasal fluids on surfaces, tissues and fabrics, either directly or by passing them on by their hands. Other people can become infected by touching these things, then putting their hands to their eyes, nose or mouth.

The symptoms are:

  • Sudden fever, aching limbs and fatigue, sore throat, cough and headache.

  • A runny nose, eye pain and sensitivity to light.

  • Complications can lead to bronchitis or bacterial pneumonia, which may require hospital treatment and, on occasion, can be life-threatening.

How to avoid avian flu

Regularly disinfect the surfaces that people come into contact with using Domestos Bleach Spray.

Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth when flu is around.

Regularly wash your hands using soap and warm water. Read more about cleaning hands

Make sure the ill person has his or her own towel and face cloth. Encourage them to practise good cough and sneeze hygiene, covering their mouth and washing their hands frequently. They should particularly avoid contact with people more vulnerable to infection, like the elderly.

Soak cloths and sponges overnight in a dilute solution of Domestos Extended Germ-Kill and dry thoroughly.

How to get into good cleaning habits

Put a cleaning schedule together, and rob germs of their hiding places. Work out what needs to be done daily, weekly and monthly, and what your availability’s like. Write it up and off you go.

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