THE FLU – As seen on 3TV / Phoenix (Good Morning Arizona) – Monday, September 16, 2019 (8:45 a.m.) and Saturday, September 21, 2019 (6:45 a.m. and 9:40 a.m.).
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The flu spreads when the sick person coughs, sneezes or even talks and affects people at a distance of up to 2 meters! Flu germs also spread by touching a surface that contains the flu virus. Try to limit the sick person to one room and one bathroom. This reduces the burden on the rest of the family and limits the number of rooms to be disinfected.
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 detergent in the following locations: table tops, countertops, remote controls, computer keyboards, doorknobs, sinks, light switches, faucet handles, sinks, countertops, tubs and toilets (including the entire seat and toilet handle).
Wipe a surface for disinfection so that it remains visibly moist for 5 – 10 minutes, and then let it dry or wipe it with a disposable cloth.
Here is a natural solution to try:
NATURAL DISINFECTANT SPRAY
½ cup of white vinegar
½ cup of cheap vodka
12 – 15 drops of lavender essential oil
12 – 15 drops of lemon essential oil
1- ½ cup of water
Pour all of the ingredients into a labeled 24 oz. or larger spray bottle.
Spray on all hard surfaces. Let the area stay wet for 5-10 minutes.
Wipe with a microfiber cloth
This mixture is antibacterial and antiseptic and prevents the growth of germs.
Disinfectants are not spray-and-wipe, they have to sit on the surface to do their job.
Bleach disinfectant solution
Mix 1 liter of water and 1 teaspoon of liquid chlorine bleach.
Spray on the hard surfaces. Leave on for 5 minutes
Wipe with paper towels
Rinse and dry. This is critical for food surfaces where bleach is absorbed into food and can be harmful.
In other rooms, do not cross contaminations with cloths or mops.
Disinfect kiddie items B. non-electric plastic / metal toys, drinking cups, teething rings, bottle nipples and dishes. Wash the items first and then soak them in a solution of 2 teaspoons of bleach per gallon of water for two minutes. Rinse in warm water and allow to air dry.
Timely tips for the bathroom
Use disposable cups.
Never share towels or bath towels with a sick person. Use paper towels instead of cloth towels to prevent germs from spreading.
Keep toothbrushes covered and isolate the sick person's toothbrush from those of other family members.
Keep the bedroom plumbing
Add these ideas to your regular housekeeping:
Place a wastebasket in the hospital room to catch any used handkerchiefs – and make sure you line the wicker with a plastic bag to minimize contact with germs. Empty at least once a day and replace the bags every time.
In case of nausea, double line a bucket with plastic bags that are large enough to bind and dispose of.
Get stale air out and fresh air in by opening the windows every day. You don't have to keep them open all day, just until the room is fresh.
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