Steps To Prepare For Flu Season During A Pandemic
How should you and your family approach flu season while we’re in the midst of a pandemic?
That’s a question that needs to be at the top of mind for all of us to ensure safety for our families.
Here is how you can best avoid getting either virus while protecting your family:
Knowing The Symptoms
The symptoms for both the flu and COVID-19 include fever, chills, cough, sneezing, runny nose, and a sore throat with possibilities of nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting.
Without getting tested for COVID-19, there’s really no way to distinguish the two apart. The main difference is that COVID-19 can spread easier than the flu and there is no vaccine for COVID-19.
You can actually have both the flu and COVID-19 at the same time, so testing positive for one doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t have the other.
While there is a test that is available to test for both in limited locations around the country, the best action to take it to call your clinician and describe what your symptoms are. The recommendation will be almost always to get tested for COVID-19 and go from there.
Both the flu and COVID-19 infect people through droplets and particles in the air. By wearing a mask, washing your hands, and physical distancing, you’ll decrease your chances of getting either. Following these practices are especially important as we approach flu season.
It’s also important to eat healthy, exercise, and stay hydrated.
If you’re not feeling well, stay home and contact your clinician.
Get A Flu Shot!
This year, more than ever, it’s important to get a flu shot. While many people rely on getting their flu shot at work or at school, that might not be an option for you this year. If that’s the case, reach out to your clinician and schedule your flu shot as soon as possible.
Make sure that your whole family (children over six months old should get the flu shot) is on the right path to good health for the winter.
Schedule Your Flu Shot With Richfield Medical Group
At Richfield Medical Group, your health comes first. Make sure that you’re prepared for flu season by scheduling your shot today at richfieldmedicalgroup.com.