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Cleaning cuts flu risk

Posted at 10:58 AM, Feb 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-18 15:42:53-05

Flu season is peaking across the country, and it’s still not too late to get a flu vaccine.

Doctors say there’s something even more pressing you should be doing to avoid the virus: give your household a good scrubbing.

“Viruses can get on inanimate surfaces, and depending on the nature of the inanimate surface, they can last for about 15 minutes. Sometimes some viruses as long as 24 hours,” says Vanderbilt Medical Center’s Dr. William Schaffner.

Also, until flu season has passed, use paper instead of cloth towels.

“One of the most susceptible places to germs in your house are the hand towels in the bathroom,” warns cleaning expert Elizabeth Cannon.