Tips For Avoiding The Dreaded Flu


DOCTORS ARE OUT WITH A DO NOT TOUCH LIST OF EVERYDAY ITEMS THAT COULD BE CARRYING THE VIRUS. Reporter: FEVER, SORE THROAT, BODY ACHES. TERRIFIED OF GETTING THE FLU? NICHOLAS CHEVALLIER SAYS YOU SHOULD BE. I COULDN’T LEAVE MY BED. I CALLED OUT FOR WORK FOR THE FIRST TIME IN FIVE YEARS. I FELT LIKE I COULDN’T MOVE MY LEGS. IT WAS REALLY BAD. Reporter: HOW DID YOU GET IT? ANY IDEA? PROBABLY JUST TOUCHING THE SAME THING EVERYONE ELSE TOUCHED. Reporter: MEDICAL EXPERTS SAY IF YOU WANT TO AVOID THE FLU, YOU SHOULD ALSO AVOID TOUCHING THESE 7 THINGS: AIRPLANE FOOD TRAYS AND SEAT POCKETS, SUBWAY TURNSTILES AND TICKET MACHINES, OFFICE COFFEE STATIONS AND WATER COOLERS, LIQUID SOAP IN RESTROOMS, RESTAURANT SALT AND PEPPER SHAKERS, GYM EXERCISE EQUIPMENT. ANOTHER EXPERT TIP, AVOID AISLE SEATS ON TRAINS, PLANES, MOVIE THEATERS WHERE PEOPLE TOUCH THE SEATS TO FIND THEIR OWN. THIS INFECTIOUS DISEASE DOCTOR SAYS — IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO AVOID SURFACES FOR 24 HOURS DURING FLU SEASON WHEN PEOPLE ARE TOUCHING EVERYTHING. THAT’S WHY WE REALLY RELY ON HANDWASHING. Reporter: WHICH PLACES HAVE THE MOST RISK? SUBWAY TURNSTILES AND TICKET MACHINES, AND THE INFAMOUS OFFICE WATER COOLER. THAT’S A BIG ONE. IF YOU’RE REFILLING, DON’T PUT YOUR BOTTLE ON THE NOZZLE BECAUSE IT GOES ON YOUR MOUTH AND THEN THE NOZZLE. Reporter: AS FOR NOT SITTING AT THE END OF THE AISLE? I SAY WIPE DOWN YOUR AISLE AND YOU KNOW SIT WHERE YOU’RE GOING TO SIT BECAUSE YOU HAVE NO CONTROL OVER WHO WILL SIT NEXT TO YOU. Reporter: BUT THERE ARE TWO VERY IMPORTANT THINGS YOU CAN CONTROL. WASHING YOUR HANDS RELIGIOUSLY AND GETTING A FLU SHOT. IT’S NOT 100%. Reporter: WITH SOAP, WATER AND A VACCINE, YOUR HEALTH CAN LITERALLY BE IN YOUR OWN HANDS. JESSICA MOORE, CBS 2 NEWS. THE LUCK OF THE DRAW, RIGHT? DOCTORS ALSO RECOMMEND CARRYING DISINFECTING WIPES WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES TO WIPE

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