Scores of people are gathering to watch Super Bowl 50 and some parts of the country are seeing more and more people with the flu. The American Red Cross has steps people can take to help avoid getting sick if their plans include watching the big game at a party and tips if they injure themselves on game day.
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. If someone is sick, they should place themselves on the injured reserve list and stay home.
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: Wash with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds, covering the entire hand including fingernails and under jewelry.Rinse and dry thoroughly with a disposable towel.Use the towel to turn off the faucet.
If using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer:Rub thoroughly over the entire hand, including nail areas and between the fingers.Continue to rub until the product dries.
PARTY TIPS Other steps to help avoid getting sick include:Hosts should use plastic cups or provide a way for people to identify their drinks. People shouldn’t let anyone else drink out of their glass.Give every dish a utensil for serving, including those snack dishes like nuts, pretzels, etc. This allows people to spoon out their portion instead of reaching in with their hands.Do not share food. Avoid anything that involves sticking your hands into a bowlful of food.Hosts should also make sure there is plenty of soap in the bathroom. Instead of the usual pretty hand towel, use disposable hand towels or a roll of paper towels.
DOWNLOAD THE FIRST AID APP The Red Cross First Aid App includes flu prevention tips and provides instant access to expert guidance on what to do if a guest starts choking on a chicken wing or is injured during a scrimmage game. People can download the app for free in their mobile app store, by texting ‘GETFIRST’ to 90999 or by going to redcross.org/apps.
You can find more information about how to help keep you and your loved ones protected by visiting redcross.org/FluTips.