Early reports indicate that the flu, colds, and RSV are all spreading rapidly this year, and some cases have been quite severe. As we gear up for the winter months, you can take steps to prevent these illnesses as well as COVID-19. Preventative measures such as washing your hands regularly can go a long way when it comes to avoiding illness.
Stop the Spread of Germs
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following everyday actions to help prevent germs from spreading:
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Throw the tissue away after you use it.
- Avoid getting into close contact with people who are sick. If you’re ill, limit contact with others as much as possible.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your mouth, eyes, and nose.
- Regularly clean and disinfect surfaces that may be contaminated with viruses.
This year, all flu vaccines are designed to protect against four flu viruses. The CDC recommends that everyone ages 6 months and older should get an annual flu vaccine. COVID vaccines are also available for everyone ages 6 months and older.
Avoid Gatherings if You’re Feeling Ill
It can be difficult to miss fun gatherings. However, if you’re not feeling well, it’s best to avoid attending, especially if you have a fever. An illness that is mild for you could cause serious complications for young children and older adults in your life. Luckily, technology such as video messaging can help you feel like part of the party even if you’re stuck on the couch.
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