As we head into flu season, there is a real possibility we will have to deal with
both illnesses at the same time. Yes, as bad as it sounds, there are ways you can
protect yourself and your family.
Symptoms such as a sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headache and fever are
similar for both viruses which makes it harder for your doctor to make a diagnosis
without a test, that takes a day or more to process. Since there is not a vaccine
yet against the Coronavirus, the best protection remains physical distancing,
wearing a mask and washing your hands for at least 20 seconds, as well as
avoiding touching your mouth, nose and eyes. These precautions can help
prevent the transmission of the virus.
Another important precaution in trying to flatten the curve of both viruses so
hospitals are not overwhelmed is to get your annual flu shot. While there is no
vaccine yet for COVID-19, we do have vaccines against the flu. This year, more
than ever, it is important for everyone 6 months and older to get the flu shot. This
will help prevent the flu and flu-related complications. Preventing the flu will also
help reduce stress on the health care system during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Stay healthy and safe!