For the month of November, we’re debuting a new toolkit for cold and flu season. Cold and flu season can range from annoying to downright disruptive. We all remember years when the flu sweeps through the office or our homes and knocks everyone out for a few days at a time, and where a cold can linger and nag us for weeks at a time. For most of us, the cold and the flu are almost a rite of passage. For others, with chronic conditions or who catch a particularly nasty strain of the flu, it can lead to hospitalization.
The very nature of cold and flu season is disruptive, and to that end, that’s why we created this toolkit. For hazards like snow and ice or cold weather, we have the option of just staying home for a day or two. But there’s a reason we call it a “season.” There’s simply no way to stay home for months at a time, and thus, we become susceptible to catching a cold or the flu.
Lucky for us, science is on our side. There are tried and true methods to minimize our risk to colds and flu. From the basics we learned as kids like coughing into our sleeves to strategies like getting a flu vaccine or simply staying home (which, admittedly, is easier now more than ever).
This toolkit covers the basics of colds and flu. It also covers basic healthy living tips that can help to minimize the effects of a cold and flu and generally make us feel better daily. Sure, some of these tips are basic, but the idea of reinforcement it critical during these types of annual events. When the calendar flips to fall, we know every year that we’re about to enter the thick of cold and flu season.