Physician says create “Safe Room” to avoid the flu

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — It happens every year at this time. People start with the sniffles and before they know it they have a cold or even worse, the flu.  And usually it’s family members who are the culprits.  Kids come home from school, parents from work … and they spread it to each other, back & forth, a repeated pattern.  Unless … you create a “safe room.”

Dr. Steve Schwartz has been a family physician for more than 25 years.  He decided to put together a safe-room strategy for families, after serving on a pandemic task force.  It’s more than just “washing your hands” and “covering your cough.”

Dr. Schwartz has isolation techniques that emphasize clothing, food, airflow, masks, object contact and humidification. Joining us Sunday on Good Morning Connecticut, he shares the key things every safe room must have, as well as the safe room concept itself, and being ready to create one on-the-spot.

“Safe Room” critical items:

  • Hand Sanitizers, Wipes
  • Masks, gloves
  • FluNada – Laboratory tested (Cold and Flu)
  • Thermometer
  • Mucinex/Acetaminophen/Cough Syrup or drops
  • Dehumidifier, diffuser
  • White sheets, plastic mattress cover
  • Liquids (water, tea, Pedialyte, Gatorade)
  • Ventilation/sunlight (UVA)

Here are some tips Dr. Schwartz says are helpful to know:

  • Be prepared now. The flu hits quick and hard.
  • Take inventory before symptoms Strike. Stock Up!
  • Have your “Tool Kit” & “Safe Room” ready

A safe room not only keeps colds from spreading, but also makes family members more secure in taking care of the one who’s sick.  Click on the video above to watch the full segment on Good Morning Connecticut.

Dr. Steve Schwartz graduated from Duke University with a degree in Biological Chemistry and earned a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Schwartz is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. STS Health was founded in 2009 by Dr. Steve Schwartz, a licensed family physician with more than 25 years of experience. Inspired by his service on a pandemic preparedness task force and his passion for health and wellness, Dr. Schwartz began to dedicate himself full-time to the development of products to keep families healthy through the use of safe and natural ingredients. Years of research and testing led to the development of these products and their innovative, patented formulas. 

For more information, go to You can also download a free “SAFEROOM Ebook” on the website.

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