'Cases of flu peak in July, August,' study says
The study of the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development revealed that cases of influenza peak in July and August, correlating with the rainy season.
That’s why Carol Tagana, a mother, takes precautions to keep her children from getting sick.
“[Ang sabi ko sa mga anak ko,] palagi silang magdadala ng payong at saka palagi silang magja-jacket ‘pag ganyang umuulan,” Tagana said.
Flu spreads when a person coughs or sneezes virus-containing droplets into the air, Department of Health’s spokesperson, Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy, said.
Suy added that the virus also spreads quickly in enclosed areas.
According to a study conducted by the England National Health Service, these droplets could survive in the air for several hours especially in low temperature and up to a day on hard surfaces such as dining tables and door knobs.
Common habits such as biting nails and constant touching of the eyes, nose and mouth also increases the risk of getting the flu.
To protect yourself from flu-causing viruses, handwashing or bathing using an antibacterial soap is essential.
“Nandoon pa rin dapat ‘yung paghuhugas ng kamay,” Suy said.
“Pinapaliguan ko sila para malinis tapos pagkakain hinuhugasan ko rin talaga ‘yung kamay,” Tagana added.