Doug Bedell — February 21, 2020, 4:02 pm

Perspective On This Year’s Flu Season


A bit of perspective never hurts, especially in the context of the fear of Coronavirus during this year’s flu season. Might we be overreacting to the Chinese flu virus? asks Danny Kaine on the Security blog.

“As employers, educators and insurers, we all have a duty of care to our travelers and want to provide them the best possible advice, to keep them as safe and stress-free as possible.

“As with all viruses, practicing basic hygiene is the best thing you can do to protect yourself and the spread to others. The coronavirus is spread through respiratory vapor, such as when someone sneezes or coughs into the air around you. Influenza viruses and common cold viruses are also spread this way.

“• Wash your hands with soap or use a hand sanitizer that contains alcohol.
“• Sneeze and cough into tissues or the crook of your elbow.
“• Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
“• Avoid close contact with people who are sick, especially people exhibiting respiratory symptoms and fever.
“• Stay home when you’re sick to stop the spread of any virus.
“• Regularly and thoroughly clean surfaces, such as countertops and door handles, with a disinfectant.

“Even though the risk is low right now, it does not mean that the virus will not mutate, and everyone should be armed with the facts. You shouldn’t discount or disregard the virus completely just because you don’t live in or travel to China, but don’t get overly stressed or anxious about it, either.”

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