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How to beat sickness this cold and flu season

Post Date - Sep 14, 2023

Although the summer is in full swing, cold and flu season is just around the corner. When temperatures drop and the air loses moisture, the flu virus can spread more easily, so be prepared to grab your supply of cough drops and tissues. Better yet, let’s do what we can to avoid illness altogether! Here are some simple steps to decrease your chances of getting sick this flu season.

Can I prevent the flu? 
As CDL-A drivers who visit public restrooms and other areas daily, it’s vital to thoroughly wash your hands after coming into contact with surfaces like doorknobs, gas pumps, credit card readers, and counters. Health professionals recommend scrubbing your hands with warm, running water and antibacterial soap for at least 20 seconds to prevent the spread of germs. They also suggest using a napkin or paper towel to shut off the faucet so you don’t reinfect your freshly cleaned hands. Apply lotion afterward to prevent cracks in the skin that could act as an entry point for germs and bacteria. 

Tip: Keep a travel-sized hand sanitizer in your cab! 

How effective is the flu shot? 
While it may not be possible to totally avoid cold and flu viruses, a flu shot is the best way to protect your immune system. Flu shots are typically offered at pharmacies, grocery stores, and doctor’s offices, making them widely available. You may have a sore arm the next day, but it’s worth it since the flu shot supports your immune system in fighting off germs. If you happen to contract the flu, there are some ways to treat it and minimize symptoms. 

I have the flu… what do I do now? 
Ascend provides our drivers with industry-leading health insurance coverage so you can get the treatments you need! Thankfully, over-the-counter medications and at-home remedies are effective at battling the flu and its uncomfortable symptoms. During the day, DayQuil can ease most of your symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, aches, headache) without making you drowsy; in the evening you can switch to NyQuil which has doxylamine that promotes sleep, getting you a much-needed quality nights rest to better help you combat illness. If you are on any prescription medication, be sure to check that they don’t have adverse interactions with the flu or cold medicines you take. 

If you want to try some naturally derived methods for treating symptoms, lemon, ginger, and honey can provide some relief all while supporting your immune system. Staying hydrated and getting plenty of rest are also key to recovering from viruses like the common cold and flu. Warm liquids such as soup and tea can go a long way in soothing sore throats while being easy on your stomach!

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