Flu season is something that you just can’t stop. It comes around every year no matter what, taking many of us down with it.
We think it’s safe to say that this year, because of the coronavirus pandemic, the season will surely hit quite a bit differently. However, since we are in the midst of a pandemic, people are also worried about how the cases of COVID-19 are going to have an impact on hospitals, as well as essential medical supplies, that are usually kept aside for the season of flu and cold.
Even though it is impossible to prevent the cold and flu season, a few steps can be taken to ensure that you are healthy while or before going into it.
Get Proper Sleep
Not getting proper sleep doesn’t just cause you to be/feel cranky, it also has an impact on the ability of your immune system to block out viruses. Studies have discovered that the lack of sleep tends to increase your chances of getting an infectious disease, or even heart disease or cancer! It is recommended for an adult to get at least 7, and at most 9 hours, of sleep every night.
Work Out and Sweat
Many scientific studies have proven that people who exercise regularly have fewer chances of developing the flu or colds. The National Institute of Health (NIH) has written down a couple of theories as to why working out regularly helps:
- It increases the circulation of white blood cells and antibodies that help in fighting diseases.
- There is a prime rise of temperature in your body right after you work out that may keep any type of bacteria from growing.
- It might help in flushing out any bacteria through your airways and lungs.
- It is said that having less amount of stress hormones helps to keep off illness and working out causes the release of the hormones in the body to slow down.
Seriously, Get Your Flu Shot!
This is important. It is said that especially this year, getting your flu shot is extra important, as you are doing a favor for both yourself and the people around you, so that you, as well as the people around you, can be protected from it.
We know that you can get vaccinated at any point during the season of flu and cold, but the Center for Disease and Prevention (CDC) has specifically recommended for you to get your shot by the end of October.