If you have a sick family member, one case of influenza can quickly become multiple – before you know it, the flu may take over your entire household for days on end. Fortunately, you can stave off family-wide illness through regular hand-washing, responsible cleaning, and other best practices. Scroll down to learn how to cope when your whole family is sick.
How to Cope When Your Whole Family Is Sick
Focus on Hand-Washing
The benefits of proper hand-washing really can’t be overstated. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hand-washing is of the best ways to stop germs in their tracks. Follow the CDC’s designated hand-washing steps, and encourage your family members to do the same:
- Wet your hands with clean, running water. Then, turn off the tap and apply soap.
- Lather your hands, making sure to lather the backs of your hands, the space between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. That’s about as long as it takes to hum the “Happy Birthday” song all the way through two times.
- Rinse your hands thoroughly under clean, running water before you dry them.
Of course, soap and water aren’t always readily accessible. If you have a hard time getting to the sink – or you have little ones who might be hesitant to wash their hands – keep a few bottles of a trusted hand sanitizer around the house for a quick fix. Although hand sanitizer shouldn’t serve as a substitute for proper hand-washing, it can help slow the spread of germs in your home.
Clean Surfaces Daily
All the hand-washing in the world can’t prevent your family members from transferring at least some bacteria onto your household surfaces. In fact, the flu virus can survive on a surface for as long as 48 hours. So, you should make sure to clean any easily accessible surface in your house every day. That includes kitchen and bathroom counters, cabinet handles and doorknobs, tables, and light switches. Additionally, if you have little ones, you’ll want to round up their favorite toys to disinfect. Disinfect them as frequently as possible, sticking hard and durable toys in the dishwasher at the end of each day. Finally, remember to step up your cleaning in the bathroom, where bacteria can flourish especially quickly. Focus on cleaning bathroom surfaces, including the shower, sink, toilet, and floor, all of which can house large amounts of bacteria.
Cut Back on In-Person Contact
As tricky as it might be, limiting personal contact with your family members is essential. In fact, it might be one of the best ways to keep yourself healthy. Encourage a sick family member to isolate themselves in a separate part of the house until they’ve had plenty of time to rest and recover. Additionally, you’ll want to take extra precautions if your family has been struck by a highly contagious illness like COVID-19 or the flu. Ask the sick family member to wear a mask when interacting with other members of the family.
Figuring out how to cope when your whole family is sick can be overwhelming. Fortunately, proper hand-washing and disinfecting household surfaces can go a long way to keep you healthy while caring for family members.
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