What to Cook for People Who Have the Flu

Flu season is here in full force—and this year’s a doozy, folks. And while eating may be the last thing on your mind when you’re sick, it’s essential to keep up your strength. But along with reaching for the standard bowl of chicken-noodle soup, we recommend taking a page from other countries’ books and relying on soothing sick foods full of flavor and healing ingredients, like ginger, garlic, turmeric, cilantro, lemon, and leafy greens. Here, three easy and good-for-you dishes that will not only soothe and satiate you, but help support your body while it fights off this year’s formidable virus.

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What to Cook for People Who Have the Flu

Shining a light on dangerous microbes

Public lighting — or a special kind of it — could be the next weapon in the war against the flu and other communicable diseases. A researcher from Columbia University in New York thinks that far-ultraviolet light could be an effective way of killing microbes — from drug-resistant bacteria in hospitals to flu bugs in public schools to world-travelling viruses in airplanes. “We can put these lamps in the ceilings of public places, so the air in that location will be exposed to these far-UVC rays, so any bacteria or viruses should be killed,” said David J Brenner.

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