Cough, runny nose, sore throat, fever - the flu continues to rage
The current weekly report by the Influenza Working Group of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) does not open any good news regarding the flu wave that is currently rolling over Germany. In particular, the activity of acute respiratory diseases (ARE) such as bronchitis, pneumonia or throat infections, which are often caused by flu viruses, are currently spreading rapidly. Overall, the RKI has reported almost 60,000 confirmed influenza cases since the beginning of the flu season. Right now it's important to consider some behaviors so that you don't become the next victim of influenza.
The current RKI report is based on data from the sixth calendar week. Almost 18,000 confirmed flu cases were reported this week. These are just the cases that have been confirmed in the laboratory. The number of unreported cases is much larger. According to the RKI, 102 people have already died of the effects of the flu this season. In 83 percent of the cases, those affected were 60 years or older. About 75 percent of the flu viruses are of the influenza B type. There is no active ingredient in the standard vaccination against this type of virus. Only the more expensive variant with the quadrivalent vaccine offers sufficient protection against the influenza B virus.
How do you protect yourself from the flu?
Of course there is the possibility of a vaccination, but even that does not offer absolute security. In addition, many people do not want to be vaccinated. But there are a lot of behaviors that lower the risk of flu infection. This includes in particular hygiene and physical contact. Regular hand washing after shaking hands with someone, using public transport and always before and after eating and after going to the toilet.
Steer clear of your face
The face is the gateway for flu viruses. These can enter the body through the nasal mucous membranes, eyes and mouth. So it's best not to rub your eyes or face, drill your nose or put your fingers in your mouth.
Reduce physical contact with other people
Physical contact with other people should be reduced as much as possible. Of course, that doesn't count if you have a sick child at home, because this requires emotional support. Nevertheless, when kissing the child and partner, contact with the mucous membranes should be avoided, so do not kiss near or on the eyes, mouth or nose. Neither should you drink from the same cup or eat with the same cutlery.
How do you protect yourself and others from the flu at work?
The room in which you work should be ventilated three to four times a day so that no viruses accumulate. You should also use the same workstation whenever possible and wipe your desk, keyboard and mouse once a day. If you can work from home, you should make use of it and, if possible, hold meetings by phone or video. Use disposable handkerchiefs when cleaning your nose and dispose of them immediately. Do not cough or sneeze in your hand, but in a handkerchief. It is best to wash your hands afterwards.
Don't show presentism
Over sixty percent of workers go to work sick. If you have already caught a flu-like infection, you should stay at home. The self-imposed obligation to be present at work can result in long-term health damage and can also be expensive for the employee. This behavior is of no help to anyone, firstly because you do less work and make more mistakes, secondly, you can infect colleagues at work, thirdly, the risk of accidents increases and fourthly, the employer incurs more costs than if you stayed at home. Therefore, you should first cure yourself properly. Many home remedies for flu can help alleviate the symptoms and defeat the disease as quickly as possible. (vb)