THE FLU – As seen on 3TV/Phoenix (Good Morning Arizona) – Monday, September 16, 2019 (8:45am) & Saturday, September 21, 2019 (6:45am & 9:40am).

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The flu spreads when the sick person coughs, sneezes or even talks, affecting people as far as 6 feet away! Flu germs are also spread by touching a surface that has flu viruses on it. Try keeping the sick person confined to one room and one bathroom. It reduces exposure to the rest of the family, and limits the number of rooms you have to disinfect.

 Disinfect surfaces

Since the flu virus can live on hard surfaces for 24 hours, disinfect surfaces that the sick person has touched, paying special attention to the sick person’s bedroom and bathroom. Use an antibacterial cleaner on key spots such as: tabletops, countertops, remote controls, computer keyboards, doorknobs, sinks, light switches, faucet handles, sinks, countertop, tub and toilet (including the entire seat and the toilet handle).

To disinfect a surface , wipe so that the surface remains visibly wet for 5 – 10 minutes and then let it dry or wipe with a disposable towel.

Here’s a natural solution to try:

NATURAL DISINFECTING SPRAY

½ – Cup White Vinegar

½ –  Cup Inexpensive vodka

12 – 15 drops Lavender Essential Oil

12 – 15 Drops Lemon Essential Oil

1- ½ – Cup Water

Pour all the ingredients into a labeled 24 oz. or larger spray bottle.

Spray on all hard surfaces.  Allow to remain wet on the area for 5 – 10 minutes.

Wipe with a microfiber cloth

This mixture is antibacterial and antiseptic and will keep germs from growing.

Disinfectants are not spray-and-wipe, they must sit on the surface to do their job.

Bleach Disinfecting Solution

Combine 1 quart of water and 1 teaspoon liquid chlorine bleach.

Spray on the hard surfaces.  Let sit 5 minutes

Wipe with paper towels

Rinse and dry.  This is vital for food surfaces where bleach can absorb into foods and be harmful.

Do not cross contaminate by using cloths or mops in other rooms.

To sanitize kiddie items such as non-electric plastic/metal toys, sippy cups, teething rings, bottle nipples and dishes, wash items first then soak them for two minutes in a solution of 2 teaspoons of bleach per gallon of water. Rinse in warm water then air dry.

Timely tips for the bathroom

Use disposable cups.

Never share hand towels or bath towels with a sick person. Use paper towels instead of cloth hand towels to help prevent the spread of germs.

Keep toothbrushes covered and isolate the toothbrush of the sick person from those of other family members.

Keep the Bedroom Sanitary

Add these ideas to your regular bedroom-cleaning:

Place a wastebasket in the sick room to catch all those used tissues — and make sure to line the basket with a plastic grocery bag to minimize contact with germs. Empty at least once a day, replacing bags each time.

If the person is nauseous double line a bucket with plastic bags large enough to tie up and dispose of.

 Move stale air out and fresh air in by opening the windows every day. You don’t have to leave them open all day, just long enough to freshen the room.

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