Happy New Year!
As many of us are making New Year's resolutions to be healthier, or spend more time with family, or learn new skill or hobby, there is a new trend out there about "experiences".
Volunteer, get involved and learn more about your local groups, activities, goals; meet new friends; adopt a pet; book a new vacation in a far away place like New Zealand; or write your own "bucket list" now and live life to the fullest.
Be happy and healthy in 2019!
From: Sarah Purcell, Extension Educator
Wipe Out Those Cold and Flu Germs
Although a clean bathroom is a benefit to good health anytime of the year, during cold and flu season it’s particularly important to be vigilant about germs.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the period when an infected person is contagious depends on the age and health of the person.
Studies show that most healthy adults may be able to infect others 24 hours prior to and three to five days after symptoms start.
Young children and people with weakened immune systems may be contagious for longer than a week.
Once someone is exposed to the virus, the length of time it takes for symptoms to appear varies from one to four days, with an average of about two days.
Although cold and flu viruses primarily spread from person-to-person contact, you can also become infected from contact with contaminated surfaces. The best way to avoid becoming infected with a cold or flu is to wash your hands frequently with soap and water or with an alcohol-based sanitizer.
If another member of your household is sick, extra vigilance is required. The length of time that cold or flu germs can survive outside the body on an environmental surface, such as a doorknob, varies greatly. But the suspected range is from a few seconds to 48 hours, depending on the specific virus and the type of surface.
- If there is more than one bathroom in the home, assign one exclusively to the sick person.
- Be sure all bathroom sinks, as well as the kitchen sink, are well stocked with soap and paper towels. Single use towels, like paper towels, reduce the spread of germs.
- Add disinfectant wipes to your next-to-the-sink items. Encourage family members to use them to wipe down faucet handles and doorknobs.
- Put alcohol-based sanitizers and disinfectant wipes in the bedroom, the home office, the family room, anywhere the sick person is spending time.
- Since dry skin is often a by-product of dry weather and heated homes, a hand sanitizer with moisturizer can kill germs as well as help keep hands soft.
There is still time to get a flu shot. The CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone six months of age and older. The flu vaccine has many benefits and it is the best way to reduce your risk of flu and its potentially serious consequences. Get vaccinated now!
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Is N-63 Alvo North Project Progressing?
The construction started at the north edge of Alvo and continued north to Bluff Road, then from Bluff north to Church Road. Access to the Alvo Cemetery will be provided as needed for maintenance and funerals. Casey Wisness, of Knife River Construction is project manager. His phone number is 712-898-1787. During the construction, a temporary access road will be provided for the Alvo Cemetery.
The original anticipated completion of this project was November 2018. The updated completion will be in the summer of 2019.
The Nebraska Department of Transportation project manager for this project is Jesse De Los Santos of Lincoln. Motorists are reminded to drive cautiously through construction work zones.