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When I started feeling sick, it did not even cross my mind for one second that it could be the flu. I get bronchitis every year, and even strep throat. It is just the way it is, and I have to come to accept that it will happen at some point.
I am 35-years-old, why would I get the flu shot when I have never had the flu before? That is what I always told myself. I thought I was invincible from getting the flu. I had a peg on my illnesses, and the flu was never on the list. I am always washing my hands, I keep hand sanitizer in my purse, I never touch public door handles with my bare hands, and I am that girl that is always using the wipes before I use a cart or basket at the grocery store. So when I made an appointment with my pulmonologist (my assumption was it had to be bronchitis, so why not see my lung doctor?) I almost fell over when she walked in the room with a face mask and told me that my flu test came back positive.
What!?!?!? I was literally dumbfounded. My doc warned my husband who was sitting there that he will probably get it. I had to contact everyone I was in contact with, and I couldn’t be in public without my face mask. Talk about an unhappy New Year.
You can bet that I am going to do whatever it takes so that I don’t get the flu again. There is a 4-step process that helps to reduce the chances of getting the cold or flu:
1. Ask about a flu shot. Even though I had the flu this year, I was told I should still get the flu shot because I only had one strain of the flu, and there are so many strains that the flu shot can cover.
2. Wash and sanitize hands regularly.
3. Wipe down surfaces with powerful disinfectants.
4. Purify the air indoors.
I have been spot on with tips 1 – 3, but I have been missing #4 – Air purifier! That is what I have been missing in my life. Did you know that indoor air is up to five times more polluted than outdoor air? Our homes are filled with airborne germs and viruses, the leading cause of cold and flu. On average, Americans spend 90% of their time indoors.
This fact was surprising to me and a little disturbing. Airborne germs and viruses can live longer and spread farther than you might think.
– The flu can spread to people up to 6 feet away, even without a sneeze or cough to propel it.
– After a cough or a sneeze, some viruses stay suspended in the air for hours before landing on surfaced where they can live for 24 hours! Yuck!
Air purifiers are extremely effective at removing influenza and cold viruses from indoor air. The Fellowes AeraMax™ DX-55 includes a true HEPA filter which safely removes 99.97% airborne particles which include:
- Pet dander
- Cigarette smoke
You can purchase the Fellowes AeraMax™ DX-55 which starts at $189.99 at BestBuy.com.
I will be reviewing this model and let you know what I think of this air purifier in my home. I am most excited about this air purifier because it is so fancy with the LED touch screen. I love that it automatically adjusts the fan speed depending on the quality of the air in the room. I will be checking it out, and let you know my thoughts in another post.
Beth Graves says
I started out this year with a bad case of pneumonia and by time I seen my doctor it has almost turned into pneumonia. I was sick for over 2 weeks….ugggg! My husband kept spraying house with Lysol but I am going to check into getting an air purifier. Thanks for this post!