Flu - SLASH your risk of deadly virus by avoiding these household chores

Flu symptoms can come on quickly, and may include a fever, an aching body, vomiting and diarrhoea, the NHS said.

Flu deaths have topped 200 in the UK so far this winter, Public Health England has revealed.

You can lower your risk of infection from the influenza virus by regularly washing your hands and by getting the flu jab.

But, you could also lower your risk of infection by avoiding long baths, boiling the kettle and hanging laundry on radiators, it’s been revealed.

Humidity in the home can impact your risk of becoming infected with flu, according to air treatment expert, and Ecoair’s Managing Director, Sally Fok.

Simple household chores could be increasing your home’s humidity - and therefore your risk of flu, she said.

“Airborne micro-organisms, such as viruses, thrive in humid conditions” said Fok.

“As soon as humidity levels rise above 60 per cent, viruses survive longer and breed quicker, escalating the risk of contagion.

“Closing windows and curtains, air drying or hanging laundry on the radiator, taking long baths or showers, blocking vents, draughts or gaps, boiling the kettle, cooking, even breathing, can all contribute to the build-up of excess moisture in our homes.”

Ventilating your home could lower your risk of flu infection, said Fok.

Good air circulation will allow excess moisture to escape. That’s a vital step for warding off flu and other illnesses.

While you can’t see humidity, there may be signs that your home has too much moisture. Damp, mould, mildew, condensation, rotting or peeling paint could all be signs that you need to ventilate the house.

“Flu and other winter bugs may be a staple of the season, but by taking simple steps you can drastically cut the likelihood of harbouring dangerous microbes in your home,” added Fok.

You could also lower your risk of flu by avoiding crowded spaces, including public transport.

Using tissues to trap germs when you cough or sneeze will help to prevent flu from spreading.

The flu jab reduces the risk of catching flu, as well as spreading it to others, said the NHS.

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