Super Bowl XLVII is this coming weekend and people everywhere will be gathering at parties to watch the game. With cases of influenza and norovirus illness spreading across the country, the American Red Cross has steps people can take to avoid getting sick if their plans include watching the big game at a party.
The norovirus is more contagious than the flu and spreads mainly through direct contact with someone who is infected. It also spreads through contaminated food, water and surfaces. The norovirus can survive and remain on hard surfaces for weeks.
If someone has the flu, they can infect others a day before symptoms develop and up to five to seven days after they become ill. People with the flu can spread the illness to others as far as six feet away by droplets spread when coughing, sneezing or talking or left on a surface.
So one of the most important things you can do is stay home if you are ill or someone in your household is sick. While it’s hard to miss the party, people should act responsibly and stay home to avoid spreading illness.
WASH YOUR HANDS One of the most important steps to take to avoid getting sick is to wash your hands properly, especially after using the bathroom or when preparing food. For visibly soiled hands, first wash with soap and warm water. When using soap and water:
If using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer:
PARTY TIPS Other steps to avoid getting sick include:
You can find more information about how to help keep you and your loved ones protected by visiting redcross.org/FluTips.