Planning for a holiday is always stressful, but especially if you are planning a holiday during the flu season. That’s because most people are more susceptible to illness when they are feeling run down and that flu season usually lasts from September to November. Therefore, it is important that you prepare for your holiday well in advance so that you can avoid feeling overwhelmed by the situation. However, even before you start planning your holiday, it is important that you learn how to deal with situations that may arise during the pandemic.
One of the worst situations that people can experience is when they do not have the necessary hygiene measures to prevent the spread of the disease. It is a good idea for everyone to practice safe social distancing from each other. For instance, make sure that you do not hug, kiss, or share personal items with other people who are sick. Doing so can easily transmit the H3N2 virus, which is highly contagious.
When attending a holiday party or gathering, be aware of your surroundings at all times. Watch out for sneezing or coughing as this can easily spread the H3N2 virus that causes the flu. It is also important to keep to yourself. In fact, it can be helpful to remember that it is not only your body that is hurting, but also the people around you. Therefore, it is advisable to keep to one side and simply enjoy the holiday. If someone has an irritating sickness, simply walk away from the situation and try to avoid any contact with that person until the feeling passes.
It is also important to make your social life simple. Avoid hanging out with people who seem unkempt and uninvited. A messy or disheveled environment will invite germs and make it easier for your guests to contract the flu. If possible, choose to go to a public place during the day and spend your time in a relaxing, comfortable, and social environment at night.
When going out to visit family and friends, make sure you are knowledgeable about their history. (It is good to know whether or not their immune systems are up to par.) Be sure to ask plenty of questions regarding their health and how they have been dealing with the current outbreak. It is important to make sure everyone you meet has been examined by a medical professional recently to make sure there are no signs of illness. If you find anyone who may have the flu, make sure you do not add them to your social list. Doing so could spread the virus to other members of your community.
Avoid kissing others when you are traveling. It is always best to wait until you arrive at your destination to share physical closeness. However, when meeting new people, kiss them on the cheek, since this is the area that contracts the virus the most. Avoid sharing cups and drinking from the same glass, and avoid using the same plate in the dining area. It is also wise to throw your toilet paper into your carry-on instead of placing it in your lap.
When eating out at a restaurant, make sure all your food has been thoroughly washed before you eat it. Avoid sitting by a gas station if the outbreak has not yet reached pandemic proportions. In general, it is best to avoid eating out in restaurants during a flu outbreak. Of course, this does not mean you should not enjoy yourself, but it is important to make sure that you are eating safe foods.
Taking your pet on a brief trip to the vet before your holiday will be a good idea as well. Dogs and cats will tend to get colds more easily than other animals, so it will be vital to make sure they have the proper vaccines. You can also take them to a dog park, which will provide plenty of opportunities to socialize and play. In general, a trip to the vet before your holiday will allow you to be safe and relaxed instead of anxious and worried about your pet’s health. By following these simple tips, you will be able to enjoy your holiday with your family instead of being stressed about the flu.