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FLU RESTRICTIONS: Due to a steady increase in flu cases in our community and in our hospitals, children age 12 and younger should not visit people in Cone Health hospitals.  Read More

Published on January 21, 2019

Battling the Flu - Stay Home and Avoid Contact With Others

Battling the Flu - Stay Home

Healthy people will beat the flu with rest and symptom management. If you have just gotten the flu, your doctor may be able to shorten how long you will have it with antivirals.

Stay home and avoid contact with others until you have been without your fever for at least 24 hours.

Beyond avoiding contact with others:

  • Avoid contact with the sick person’s personal items.
  • Don’t share pens, eating utensils, phones, towels, etc. Clean surfaces often with a household disinfectant. This includes doorknobs, counter tops, faucet handles, phones and remote controls.
  • Wash hands after touching linens and laundry, dishes and any other belongings of those who have the flu.

About the Author


Thomas Thekkekandam, MDThomas Thekkekandam, MD practices practices family medicine and sports medicine at Cone Health Primary Care & Sports Medicine at MedCenter Kernersville