While your home is supposed to be a safe haven, it can also be one of the hardest places to escape the flu virus, especially if one of your family members is already sick. There are many places inside your home where germs can settle and put you and your family at risk.
“In the house you want to think commonly about phones, cell phones and door handles,” said Dr. Richard Brodsky of St. Christopher’s Hospital. “These places actually don’t get cleaned as often as we would like.”
Dr. Brodsky says your home can house the flu virus on any surface your hands touch. The flu virus can also live on surfaces for up to eight hours. Everyone should disinfect the area they touch the most to help prevent the virus from spreading, according to Brodsky.
“There is no hospital grade cleaner that is more effective necessarily than a lot of those things that say they kill the flu,” said Dr. Brodsky.
Maureen Schuller keeps disinfectant wipes on hand.
“The flu is really so prevalent right now,” said Schuller, who babysits her 5-month-old grandson, Owen. “I absolutely want to keep him safe. I would feel awful if he caught something.”
Andy Goldfield of Collingswood, New Jersey takes hand sanitizer and wipes wherever he goes.
“I’m just trying to be careful,” said Goldfield. “You hear the statistics and it’s really kind of scary.”
In addition to those surfaces, the virus can also spread quickly throughout the air. You should keep your distance and stand at least six feet away from people on places like the train or the office.