Preventing Influenza, COVID during a tricky fall 2021 season

Fall is near, so it’s vital to start practicing preventive measures against cold-related viruses. Last year, there was an unusually low outbreak of Influenza in the fall compared to previous seasons. Consequently, fewer hospitalizations were recorded and even fewer deaths in comparison to the earlier years. But then, the COVID pandemic was still prevalent, and more people were infected with COVID-19 than the flu. 

Experts already predict that COVID-19, the common cold, and flu are going to be on a rise during this fall. Therefore, it is crucial to engage in preventative practices against both influenza and Covid this fall.

Will There Be Flu This Fall? 

Yes, flu season is near. The CDC recommends flu shots in September or October so that your immunity will last through the cold months. The low spread of the 2020-2021 flu season can be attributed to the isolation and safety practices that were common at the time. 

For example, most people wore nose masks, had fewer physical interactions while observing proper hygiene. However, most of these practices have been neglected in recent times as flu season is drawing near.

How To Prevent Flu And Covid This Fall

  1. Get a flu shot or COVID vaccine.

Vaccines are a largely effective means of protecting yourself from getting an infection. So, you should get a flu shot or the COVID vaccine as soon as you can. 

  1. Stay indoors if you feel sick.

If you think you are sick, stay indoors until you have fully recovered. That will prevent the spread of the illness to others. 

  1. Avoid crowded gatherings.

If you live in a high-risk area, it’s best to stay away from places that have several people. If you have to be in such sites, wear a nose mask and maintain a safe distance from other people. 

  1. Wash your hands frequently.

Frequent hand washing helps to keep germs away. You should wash your hands with disinfectant soap and clean water each time you perform an activity. If you are unable to wash your hands, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 

  1. Wear warm clothing.

As the weather gets cooler, you should dress warmly. This will protect you from catching a cold or infection. 

  1. COVID or flu testing.

Getting tested is an excellent way to prevent people around you from getting sick. In addition, you will be able to seek treatment if you need to or get treatment for your children. 

  1. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider.

If you feel yourself getting sick or showing symptoms of COVID-19, you should contact your healthcare provider. They will be able to provide guidance or directions to a local urgent care center. Also, you won’t have to visit a medical center unless you have to. 

Families need to be responsible for one another this season. Adults and children should get flu shots as well as COVID testing as soon as possible. Doing so will help to prevent the spread of seasonal illnesses. You can speak to a representative for an urgent care center if you have any additional questions.