Personal And Public Hygiene Rules At Flu

Remembering terrible consequences of a pandemic of last century it is easy to understand the importance of prophylaxis measures for prevention of infection spread. In those days the infection was limited with isolation and quarantine of patients, by increased hygiene and application of disinfection methods. During a Spanish influenza raging all public institutions were closed in some states almost within a year. One of the American cities became famous because handshake was forbidden there.

How not to catch flu and to save the family from it? It is worth remembering that the virus of flu may be transmitted by air at tussis and sneezing, moving in sputum drops. These drops fall on surfaces of household subjects, and from there get to respiratory tracts of people with dust.

The patient with flu is especially infectious for people within the first three – four days. But the virus can be discharged by the patient even when the convalescence period came. Small children keep such “danger” from a week to ten days.

Viruses are capable to survive in the environment two or more hours (up to 8), and perish at a temperature from 75°C to 100°C, when using anti-infective such as Hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, soap and iodide antiseptics.

To prevent diffusion of a viral infection carrying out preventive actions is obligatory. Each person is capable having made certain efforts to help to reduce the risk of dangerous infection transmission. For this purpose it is necessary just to follow standard rules of hygiene.

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