Viruses and Influenza are now reported to be at epidemic proportion across the state of Kansas, etc. PLEASE do your part and stay HOME whenever possible if you are sick. No one else wants this junk. If you must be out and about, purchase some face masks and wear them when you are out of your house. If you are fine and are going out to shop, it might not be a bad idea to take along some anti-bacterial cleansing wipes to use on shopping cart handles. This stuff is easy to pass on to others.
One of the main places that keep these illnesses passed on is at school. If your child has had a fever, keep him/her home until the temperature has been normal for at least 24 hours. Right now, people are complaining of respiratory and/or intestinal bugs.
I recommend that once you are feeling better that you wash your bedding, towels, washclothes, etc that you have been using during your illness, in hot water. Our dryer has a sterilizing cycle. I am using it A LOT right now. We are also using our sterilizing cycle in our dishwasher. Of course, be smart about the laundry. Use the hottest water and temperatures only on laundry that can handle it. Heat and hot water can shrink many fabrics.