CPAP Newsletter Newsletter Archive Subscribe Newsletter Archive Subscribe Sign-up for our weekly newsletters for CPAP articles, tips and special offers! Submitting... Sign Up No, thanks CPAP Newsletter: Flu Season is Here! Zoom In (+) Don’t let a cold or flu bug get you this season! Follow these tips: The flu virus typically enters the body through the eyes, nose and mouth.That is why you should disinfect your mask regularly. The flu virus can live for hours on towels. Use paper towels to dry your mask after cleanings. Use distilled water in your humidifier chamber to prevent the build-up of mineral deposits and mold growth. It takes at least two days for flu symptoms to occur after initial contact with the virus. During this incubation period, the flu can still be passed to others. Germs can live on bar soap. Use liquid, antibacterial soap to wash your hands. If You Get Sick...Congestion may prevent you from breathing through your nose. Consider a full face mask. Hot showers are also great for breaking up congestion.