It's that time of year again- the flu season. The flu season runs from October through April. During the flu season, no matter where you turn, you'll find someone coughing or sneezing and spreading germs.
Although, the best way to protect yourself against the flu is by getting vaccinated, there are some things to consider to further flu-proof your surroundings.
For example, if your little ones are constantly on the floor, make sure to keep a clean mop. Mops carry germs which can be easily spread from room to room. Disposable mop pads are a good option since they can be used once to disinfect, then thrown away. If you opt for something more eco-friendly, like a reusable mop, make sure to sanitize it at a very high temperature after each use.
Another way to flu-proof your home is by getting rid of bacteria on sponges. Throwing your sponge in the microwave for about two minutes kills 99 percent of germs and bacteria! But first make sure the sponge is wet, and that it doesn't contain any metals.
Also, make sure to frequently clean off your computer keyboard, phone, and remote controls. By disinfecting these items weekly, you can reduce your exposure to colds and the flu by 50 percent.
Check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more ways to protect against the influenza virus: www.cdc.gov/flu/.
On the heels of Cyclone Nada, a new and more significant tropical cyclone threatens to take aim at India this week.
Before the coldest air so far this season arrives, parts of the northeastern United States will face bouts of slow and slick travel early this week.
The threat for flash flooding and localized severe thunderstorms will expand across the southern United States early this week.
Nuisance snow will create slippery conditions across parts of the midwestern United States into Sunday night before spreading into the Northeast to start the new week.
The coldest and most far-reaching arctic blast so far this season will spread across the majority of the contiguous United States this week.
The coldest air of the season so far and some snow will pour into the northwestern United States by early this week.
Arctic air settling over Germany may prompt children to leave their shoes for St. Nicholas indoors instead of outside before going to bed on Monday night.
A deadly wildfire exploded in Tennessee this week, charring a popular resort town and causing devastating damage.
Dashing hopes for Christmas Day snowmen and white rolling hills, forecasters predict Britain's weather pattern will leave more to be desired on Dec. 25.
Rounds of heavy rain will heighten the risk for flash flooding across portions of the southern United States through the weekend.