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Experts say flu germs could be hiding in plain sight

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Experts say keeping these areas clean is vital, as sinks, bathtubs and toilet are hotbeds for flu bacteria. (CNN) Experts say keeping these areas clean is vital, as sinks, bathtubs and toilet are hotbeds for flu bacteria. (CNN)
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The flu is running rampant throughout much of the United States and both Kansas and Missouri are right in the thick of it.

For many, the solution to avoiding the flu is to avoid contact with people who are already infected. But, experts say this plan may not work, as germs can already be inside a person’s home, without their knowledge.

Flu germs like to live in a variety of places. Hotspots can include the kitchen and bathroom.

Experts say keeping these areas clean is vital, as sinks, bathtubs and toilet are hotbeds for flu bacteria.

In the living room, experts say doorknobs, light switches and television remotes are major culprits. They say flu germs can survive on hard surfaces for up to 24 hours.

Experts say the common areas of a home should be cleaned every day.

One area that many people don’t think about is their clothes.

Experts say the flu can be spread by the clothes people are wearing, including common winter clothes such as scarves, gloves and winter hats.

For those looking for some helpful tips, here are a few.

  • Fresh air is important to battle the flu. So, experts say cracking a window, even in the winter, is helpful.
  • Eye rubbing and nail-biting are things to be avoided during flu season and experts say people should wash their hands for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use paper towels instead of dish towels, when in the kitchen.

  • Kitchen sponges should be replaced every two weeks or put in the microwave or dishwasher to kill germs.

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