Cold and Flu Season

It’s beginning to look a lot like sickness. Everywhere you go.

Okay, maybe not just yet, but flu season did arrive a bit early this year, much to the excitement of no one. Last year was brutal, and people wonder if it will be that bad this time around. We’ll find out soon enough – flu season typically peaks between December and February. So buckle up and keep reading to find out ways to fight it and hopefully avoid it altogether!

Coughing and sneezing are two of the most obvious signs of a cold or the flu. It hurts to do it, and it makes you wary of being around it. Did you know that flu germs can live up to eight hours on hard surfaces? Did you know this includes the security trays at the airport? Yikes! If you’re already coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth! Sharing is not always caring. If you have no choice but to be around ill family members and coworkers, make sure you wash your hands a lot, and definitely use soap!

You are what you eat, and some foods have built-in flu-fighting power. The old standby, chicken soup, tops the list. It’s comforting, it tastes like home, and it fights infection. Yogurt is another germ-fighter to keep in your corner. This dairy favorite contains probiotics that make your gut happy and reduce the length of respiratory infections. Assuming you’re not a vampire, you can also throw some extra garlic in with your cooking to boost your immune system. Now you don’t have to feel guilty about that second helping of Italian food!

One of the best ways to fight off cold and flu germs is with a humidifier. You know this. But do you know why humidifiers so effective against colds and the flu? It’s all about the humidity. Coughing, sneezing, and even talking can send germs six feet in front of you, where they remain infectious for hours. Enter humidity. When it’s cold, the humidity drops. Low humidity causes moisture to evaporate from the infected droplets, allowing the bad stuff to travel farther. Stop these cooties in their tracks by keeping your home at 30% – 50% humidity. A large evaporative humidifier like the AIRCARE Executive is a great choice to keep your whole house comfortable and in fighting shape to battle the germs.

Now you know several ways to minimize the damage that cold and flu germs wreak on the human body. Make sure to run a humidifier! Have questions about which AIRCARE humidifier is right for you? We’re here to help. Give our Customer Service Team a call at 800-547-3888. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 7:00 am – 5:30 pm CST.

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