At the moment, seasonal illnesses are almost a given. Everyone expects them, and there is an expected level of preparation to be put in place to weather the season successfully. For this reason, it is essential to know that there is a need for extra preparation against cold, flu, seasonal allergies e.t.c., considering the current COVID-19 pandemic.
With the increase in COVID-testing, there is an increased chance of having a more accurate cumulative burden of seasonal influenza figures. These figures can be monitored on the CDC website. Seasonal illnesses are going to be trickier to manage because of COVID-19.
Here are some steps that can help you prevent seasonal illnesses this year:
Steps To Take To Help Prevent Seasonal Illnesses.
- Make Sure To Get A Flu Shot.
For people to stay healthy, CDC recommends receiving the flu vaccine every year. Every year, flu vaccines reduce hospitalizations, deaths, and flu-related illnesses in the healthcare system. According to research, flu vaccines designed for this season will aim to protect you against the four most common flu viruses.
Furthermore, everyone over the age of 6 months should have their annual flu vaccination no later than the end of October. Vaccination of high-risk individuals is vital for decreasing their risk of severe flu complications.
In addition to young children and pregnant women, people who have asthma, diabetes, or heart disease and those who are 65 years and older may experience serious flu complications.
- Take Everyday Preventive Actions To Stop The Spread Of Germs.
Take the recommended flu prevention steps daily. These preventive measures will not just protect you from the flu virus but also from common cold and Covid. Here are some of these preventive steps:
- Keep as far away from sick people as possible.
- In order not to infect others, limit your contact with others if you are sick.
- As you cough and sneeze, cover your mouth and nose.
- Cough and sneeze into a tissue. After using the tissue, throw it in the trash.
- Use soap and water to wash your hands frequently. However, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer in the absence of soap and water.
- Touching your face, nose, and eyes should be avoided. This is how germs spread.
- Ensure all surfaces and objects are cleaned and disinfected to prevent the spread of flu viruses.
- After a fever is gone, CDC recommends that people stay home for at least 24 hours except to seek medical attention or get other necessary items. Fever should be gone without the need to use a fever-reducing medicine.
- To be on the safe side be available for COVID-testing
- If prescribed by your doctor, take flu antiviral drugs.
Antiviral drugs can help you get better if you are sick with the flu. There is a difference between antibiotics and antiviral drugs. A prescription is required for these medications (pills, liquid, or powder inhalation), and they cannot be purchased over-the-counter.
You should get illness symptom treatment and diagnosis at an urgent care center if your symptoms seem beyond what can be easily handled. COVID-testing is important to help you know your status and the next preventive step to take. Lastly, encourage your family and friends to also practice these preventive safety routine.