Due to the widespread of flu activity in Kentucky, some area hospitals have taken stapes to limit the spread of the illness. King’s Daughters Medical Center or Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital have both announced restrictions to their facilities which include;
* No child under the age of 12 is allowed as a visitor
* Only two visitors are allowed at a time in any patient’s room
* No visitors allowed with any flu-like symptoms.
KDMC ER Nurse Manager Justin Shimer said this decision “does make a difference,” and “It prevents the spread of flu.” Experts say all it takes to spread the illness is a cough, sneeze or just talking within 3 feet of someone who is sick. The number one way to stop the spread of flu is through proper hand-washing. When visiting these facilities, gowns and masks have been made available as well, so germs at home don’t travel to the hospital and germs at the hospital don’t come to your home. With more than 60 deaths in Kentucky already, it’s a very serious situation. At this point, it’s still too early to know if flu season has peaked, but the restrictions are expected to last until the number of cases drop significantly, which could be four to five weeks and this month is supposed to be even worse.