Flu Prevention in the Time of Covid
It’s flu season again and this year, it is likely that flu viruses will be spreading together with Covid. Taking extra precautions to prevent flu is very important not just for our own well-being but also for our healthcare system that is already overburdened because of Covid.
A yearly flu shot is the best protection against flu viruses. Flu and Covid have similar symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue and sore throat. Getting a flu shot will help doctors diagnose Covid symptoms more easily and lessen the use of Covid testing kits that are already in short supply. The flu vaccine does not protect you against Covid but getting the flu weakens your immune system and this can make you more susceptible to Covid and its serious complications.
Everyday preventive actions are important in decreasing your risk of getting the flu. Wash your hands well with soap as often as possible. If soap is not available, use an alcohol-based rub to disinfect your hands. Refrain from touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Wear a mask in public. If you sneeze or cough, make sure your mouth is covered even if you are at home. Respiratory illnesses such as the flu and Covid are easily spread through coughing, sneezing and dirty hands. Frequently touched surfaces at the home, school and workplace have to be kept clean and disinfected.
Your body needs to be healthy in order to fight illnesses. Stay physically active and get an adequate amount of sleep. Manage stress accordingly and seek professional help if necessary. Drink lots of fluids and maintain a balanced diet. Boost your immune system by eating a wide variety of colorful vegetables and high-quality grains. Increase your intake of fruits and vegetables by finding creative ways to add them in every meal and snack. Dietary supplements are also helpful especially for those with limited food choices and those who are elderly and chronically ill.
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“Preventive Steps.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25 Sept. 2020, www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/prevention.htm.
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