The 2019 flu season has started and numerous cases already being reported across the country. The federal government and health experts have been encouraging people to get vaccinated to reduce their risk of infection. 

“In the United States, flu viruses are most common during the fall and winter months,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said. “Flu activity often begins to increase in October and November. Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, and it can last as late as May.”

A flu shot is the first line of defense against the viral infection that attacks the respiratory system. But you can also reduce your risk by simply cleaning your space and the items you frequently use. 

5 Things To Clean Regularly This Flu Season

Your Hands

Every child and adult know the importance of maintaining clean hands. It should be a top priority during the 2019 flu season.

The people who commute on public transportation or work in an office are exposed to many potentially contaminated objects. The work desk alone is exposed to 400 times more bacteria than a toilet seat, according to CNET. 

Your Phone

Today, mobile phones play a very important role in the daily life of people. From staying connected to family and friends, entertainment to work-related tasks, phones make our lives convenient. 

However, it can also put you at risk of the contagious flu. Use a mix of water and rubbing alcohol or water and vinegar to clean your phone weekly.

Do not use harsh antibacterial cleaning wipes because they could damage the coatings on the phone’s screen.

The Most Touched Spots At Home

There are areas or objects in the house or office that almost all people use everyday. You frequently touch light switches, door knobs, TV remotes, the refrigerator handle and the computer mouse, which all can harbor germs.

Use a disinfecting spray or cleaning wipe to keep these areas clean.

Sheets And Towels

People should wash sheets and towels regularly, especially when someone at home is sick. You can use hot water to wash linens and get rid of germs. 

Tables At Home 

The coffee table or nightstand is commonly used but not cleaned regularly. Clean these surfaces every few days during flu season using a disinfecting wipe. 

door knob

There are objects and areas that people frequently use at home, which could expose them to the flu.