Fight the flu: No beso-beso, handshakes, hugging
MANILA, Philippines -- Filipinos may be enjoying the cold weather but this may also weaken their immune system, according to Department of Health spokesman Dr. Eric Tayag.
Tayag said it is best to cover your head, ears and neck because they easily get cold and are not really protected by muscles.
He said a person with the flu can infect others one day before they become sick, and up to five days after becoming sick. Flu can be passed on through droplets so it is very important to cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing.
"Sa bahay, maaari ka ng makahawa. Kahit wala ka pang sintomas na ubo, sipon, lagnat, pananakit ng lalamunan, nakakahawa na," he said.
The health official urged those who have the flu to rest at home for five days. For sore throat, he recommended gargling warm water with salt, or drinking honey with calamansi or salabat.
He said washing hands is probably the best way to prevent flu.
"Pag nadapuan ang surfaces ng virus at nahawakan ng kamay at nadapo sa mukha, pwede ng mahawa," Tayag said.
Tayag said it is important to strengthen the immune system to prevent the flu by eating right and drinking vitamin c.
What weakens the immune system is lack of sleep. "Yung mga puyat ng puyat madaling tamaan ng sakit,” he said.
Tayag urged people to avoid crowded places and to practice "social distancing."
“No beso-beso. No handshaking. No hugging. Ilagay na lang ang kamay sa dibdib at yumuko to greet someone. Maybe we should start our own greeting like the Thais,” he said.
Paracetamol and not aspirin should be taken for fever, he said. If a fever lasts more than five days, see a doctor.
"Nakamamatay po ang flu. Pwede syang mag lead to complications like broncho pneumonia or pneumonia," Tayag said.