November is National Flu Awareness Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC) each year at least 200,000 people are hospitalized for complications due to the flu, and 36,000 people die from the flu each year. Also, anywhere from 10 to 20% of the US population is infected with the flu virus each year. As the cold and flu season gears up again this year, it is important to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Here are some tips that can help you avoid catching the flu:
Avoid contact with those infected with the flu
The flu is a virus, and as such it is spread from one person to another. Sneezing, coughing, and shaking hands are all ways that the flu can be transmitted. By limiting exposure to people who have been infected with the flu, you reduce your chances of catching the flu.
Wash your hands thoroughly
Keeping your hands clean will limit your exposure to the flu virus.
Get a flu shot
The CDC recommends all persons over the age of 6 months should be vaccinated against the flu annually. This is perhaps your best defense against the flu.
Just wanted to share one more article on the Plane Clean Air Filter that was published over at Gadling, a popular travel blog.
The Plane Clean Air Filter made the list of “Kid Friendly Travel Products for your Upcoming Summer Vacation.” Most of the products on the list are unabashedly designed for children: rolling luggage that looks like a tiger, a “tadpole” iPod case and headphone kit, Disney luggage, etc.
While the Plane Clean Air Filter does not sport any vibrant colors or the likenesses of any popular animated personalities, it does do one thing exceptionally well: it removes 99.5 percent of bacteria, germs and viruses from the air. Given all of the recent talk about Swine Flu and the H1N1 virus, it may be the most beneficial item to make the list.
But these viruses are by no means the only reason to look into the Plane Clean Air Filter. Since there are always a few coughing, aching and sneezing passengers aboard any given flight, it would be wise to invest in any device that stands to ward off illness or sickness, especially if you are sharing a long flight with such people.
With the recent outbreak of H1N1 (also known as swine flu), many are fearful of travelling, especially when flying across international borders. That being said, there are precautions you can take when flying. CNN and MSNBC recently ran this article, which advocates using the Plane Clean Air Filter to protect against airborne contaminants while flying.
The Plane Clean Air Filter has been tested in an FDA certified lab and is shown to remove 99.5% of all airborne bacteria, viruses and allergens from your airstream. It mounts easily to the overhead gasper nozzle in most planes. The air from these nozzles passes through an electrostatically-charged filter media that is capable of removing viruses, bacteria and other particulate matter from an air stream. The filter fits Airbus, Boeing, and other manufacturer’s nozzles that have similar shapes to Boeing and Airbus.
Air flow velocity can be controlled by rotating the housing which in turn rotates the gasper. Once the desired air flow rate is achieved, the air stream can be directed onto the user’s face by turning the air exit nozzle.
At the end of the flight, the filter can be detached easily and placed in its storage case. Replacement adhesive gaskets and filter media can be purchased when required. Filter replacement packs come with a single replacement filter and two (2) adhesive gaskets good for a total of 10 flights for only $6.95 (or about $0.70 per flight).
Learn more about the Plane Clean Air Filter here.
See a video of the Plane Clean Air Filter here.