Supplemental Oxygen can help during Cold and Flu season
Every year starting in October in the United States, flu activity begins to increase. While influenza viruses circulate year-round, most flu activity peaks between December and February, but activity can last as late as May. This time of the year is commonly referred to as “Cold and Flu Season”. It’s important to get your flu vaccine shot and drink fluids and get rest if you feel sick or run down, but did you also know that supplemental oxygen can also help you feel better?
COLD AND FLU SEASON, THE PANDEMIC AND INDOOR AIR QUALITY
This Cold and Flu season will especially be difficult due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Not only will some people experience cold and flu sickness, but they will also have to wear facemasks for longer periods as the cold weather of winter forces most people indoors. Did you know that indoor air quality can be much worse than outdoor air due to poor ventilation and airborne contaminants, especially in older buildings?
In addition to flu viruses, several other respiratory viruses also circulate during the flu season and can cause symptoms and illness similar to those seen with flu infection. These respiratory viruses include rhinovirus (one cause of the “common cold”) and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which is the most common cause of severe respiratory illness in young children as well as a leading cause of death from respiratory illness in those aged 65 years and older.
All of this might make you wish you could hibernate like a bear until the warmer weather of Spring arrives!
HOW SUPPLEMENTAL OXYGEN CAN HELP DURING COLD AND FLU SEASON
In addition to proper diet and nutrition to strengthen your immune system during the cold and flu season, you should also use supplemental oxygen. Your body can become poorly oxygenated as it fights off a cold or flu. Your body needs oxygen so it can provide oxygen-rich blood cells to keep your tissues and organs healthy. Without proper oxygen, you can feel tired and your immune system weakens. Plus, the air we normally breathe contains only 21% oxygen – the majority is useless 78% nitrogen.
Using portable supplemental oxygen like Boost Oxygen if you are sick from the flu or cold only makes sense! Oxygen is also naturally anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory and supplemental oxygen can sooth inflamed airways resulting in easier breathing.
Even if you avoid a cold or flu this winter, you’re probably still going to spend a lot of time indoors during the pandemic wearing a protective mask at work, in public or at home. Everyone experiences wearing a facemask differently – most people aren’t bothered by it, while others can experience headaches or dizziness. Using portable supplemental oxygen can help provide a boost of pure oxygen to refresh when you need it while wearing a mask! Boost Oxygen is portable 95% pure supplemental oxygen, no prescription is needed. Boost Oxygen CEO Rob Neuner explains in the video below:
Related: Did you know the CDC has a website that provides weekly flu updates? Visit the CDC’s FluView