With the pandemic still looming as we approach the fall season, it is important to remember safety precautions when it comes to both COVID and the Flu as well as how each differs from one another. Keep reading to stay up to date on which symptoms to expect, how to be prepared and what to do if you are diagnosed with COVID.
Flu VS COVID
Influenza and COVID have many similarities which have led to much controversy surrounding the pandemic and it’s suggested procedures. To start, both are contagious respiratory illnesses that are known to share similar symptoms including fever, malaise, cough, runny nose and shortness of breath. However, as we know, these two diseases are caused by two completely different viruses - influenza leading to the Flu and SARS-CoV-2 leading to COVID. Although the symptoms can be similar, each’s overall effect on the body as well as how they show up individually are different.
For example, COVID seems to spread more easily than the flu, especially with more recent discoveries such as the Delta variant that is largely contributing to the resurgence of the pandemic. Furthermore, compared to the flu, COVID can cause more serious illnesses as well as long-term health defects in people. Another key contributor to COVID’s rate of transmission is that the SARS-CoV-2 virus takes much longer to announce itself or cause symptoms for people while they are still contagious. Check out this list here from the CDC to compare and contrast more differences or similarities.
Flu Season Do’s and Don'ts
When it comes to keeping our communities safe remember the following simple do’s and don’ts of this year’s flu season:
DO get your flu shot! Just as healthcare professionals have been promoting the COVID vaccination, they also highly encourage you not to forget your flu shot. It can help prevent sickness and hospitalization for both illnesses as well as slow the rate of spread!
DON'T be scared to talk to your doctor if you are concerned about getting the flu shot, especially if you have underlying health conditions or are taking other medications - it’s always good to consult experts in order to get important information when it comes to your health and safety!
DO wash your hands and keep disinfectants or sanitizers readily accessible when in public. It’s also a good practice to regularly disinfect frequently touched items such as keys, phones, door knobs etc.
DO wear masks in crowded spaces if you feel comfortable doing so! This past year has proven the effectiveness of masking to prevent illness beyond COVID and many people continue to wear them indoors, which may prevent you from getting viruses like the common cold or strep throat.
DON’T overuse the same mask over an extended period of time! Be sure to wash your reusable masks and discard all other masks after their recommended range of use. This keeps them effective and ensures that you don't breathe in any germs that may get trapped inside your mask.
DO take care of yourself! Your health should always be a priority, but when it comes to the flu season - make sure you’re getting plenty of sleep, eating healthy food and drinking an abundance of water. Taking a multivitamin and exercising daily are also great additions to your routine that can help destress your system while simultaneously giving you supplemental boosts of energy.
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