If you have to cough or sneeze, make sure you do it into the crook of your elbow or a facial tissue, and not into your hands. Dispose of the tissue in a wastebasket immediately.
When you wash your hands, it’s important to scrub them for 20 seconds, the mechanical action and time spent scrubbing will help reduce the number of bacterial and viral particles on your hands.
The flu virus is spread by droplets associated with coughing. It’s also spread by direct contact with sick people and surfaces that have been contaminated by sick people.
The flu is a hardy virus, and can survive on hard surfaces and doorknobs up to 24 hours. One of the most common ways to catch the flu is to touch your face after you touch an infected surface such as a desktop, doorknob, computer keyboard or smart phone.
So, pay attention and focus on not touching the inner part of your eyes, nose or mouth as a primary way to reduce your risk of contracting the flu.