Although the focus is on the Covid-19 pandemic, the flu season cannot be ignored. Like coronavirus, the flu virus can spread through mild infections.
Influenza is a viral infection that attacks the nose, lungs, and throat. According to CDC estimates, more than 39 million people fell ill with the flu last year. So the question is, what will this winter look like with covid-19 and the flu? The specialist does not yet know exactly.
But there are some steps you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones and prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed by sick patients in this flu season. The flu season can begin in October and does not go back until January or February. Both the influenza virus and coronavirus spread in a similar way, so it is likely to use Face masks, maintain social distance, and other actions to reduce the spread of influenza and coronavirus. Face masks are a physical barrier to large respiratory droplets when an infected person sneezes or coughs.
How to prepare for the flu?
Influenza and coronavirus are serious diseases. Prepare yourself and your loved ones.
Get vaccinated against the flu:
Research shows that the flu vaccine can reduce the risk of influenza-like illness and reduce the chance of becoming seriously ill even when infected. There is no coronavirus vaccine yet, but you can protect yourself from the spread of viral infections. The CDC recommends that anyone over 6 months of age should get vaccinated. It is advisable to get vaccinated against the flu in early October to prepare for the start of the flu season.
Be vigilant with safety precautions:
Like coronavirus, influenza infection is also transmitted by droplets from a person’s nose or mouth. All safety measures taken to prevent the spread of coronavirus, such as masking, staying at six feet, washing hands frequently, etc. This can also be followed for the flu season. This will reduce the chance of exposure to the flu virus.
Know what to do if you get sick:
The flu virus and covid-19 have symptoms such as cough, fever, muscle pain, and difficulty breathing. If you develop any of the above symptoms, contact your doctor immediately. The doctor will advise you better what can be done and whether the flu or covid-19 test should be done.
Store your medicine cabinet:
If you have a mild symptom of the flu or covid-19, stay at home and feel better until you recover to avoid passing it on to others. Doctors recommend keeping in mind some things on hand in case any symptoms occur, a fever reducer such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), cough syrup, thermometer, ibuprofen for muscle pain. To measure oxygen levels, having a pulse oximeter at home is essential.
Winter is the time of another infectious disease such as respiratory syncytial virus (which usually affects children) and norovirus (a stomach bug). Taking the necessary precautions for covid-19 and flu viruses will also help overcome these diseases. Washing your hands frequently, practicing good cough etiquette, disinfecting hard surfaces with disinfectants, and staying at home when you are sick are good practices to take in the winter, no matter what.
But with an extra layer of deadly disease, covid-19 Pandemic, care must also be extra. If we all want to return to our usual life, where to watch a movie in the theater, eat out, play in the garden, safely send children to school objects, then we need to practice all of the above preventive measures and understand that we are protecting not only ourselves, but also those around us.