Flu Season

Cogbill Safety Tuesday November 30th, 2021

Flu season typically lasts from October to April, with its peak months being from December to February. The flu is a highly contagious virus that 5% to 20% of the US population catches every year. Individuals who are pregnant, older than 65, or have chronic health conditions are at higher risk of flu complications. A flu outbreak in the workplace can affect business operations, and if severe enough can temporarily halt operations. Employers should encourage employees to follow safe health practices to prevent the spread of the influenza virus.

  1. Avoid close contact with people who are exhibiting flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, muscle/body aches, headache, fatigue, etc.
  2. Stay home from work or school whenever you are sick or experiencing flu-like symptoms.
  3. Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing.
  4. Wash your hands often for a minimum of 20 seconds with soap and warm water.
  5. Avoid touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.
  6. Disinfect frequently-touched surfaces such as doorknobs, phones, desks, light switches, counters, etc.
  7. Practices good health habits such as getting enough sleep, staying hydrated, eating nutritious food, being physically active, etc.

Influenza and Covid-19 Viruses

Though Influenza and Covid-19 have similar symptoms, they are two different types of viruses and can affect people in differing ways. However, the general safety guidelines stated above should help reduce the chances of getting both viruses. Always practice healthy habits to not only protect yourself but also to protect others who may be more vulnerable to these viruses.

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