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How Will Covid-19 Precautions Affect Flu Season?

How Will Covid-19 Precautions Affect Flu Season?

Covid-19 continues to spread as traditional flu season approaches. Many are wondering, will covid-19 precautions affect flu season?

As the start of the average flu season begins, epidemiology numbers are the lowest they’ve been in recent history. The only states in the US to show moderate flu activity at the time this was written were Iowa and New Mexico. Current CDC data shows an average of 0.1% of specimens testing positive for the flu.

These incredibly low statistics are likely due to current social distancing, handwashing, and mask guidelines. This data shows that the measures do work to slow the spread of contagious illnesses. 

Numbers are considerably low this year compared to most. But the flu is still something everyone should take seriously. Covid-19 and influenza are similar illnesses with equally similar symptoms. However, each require their own treatment. 

Who Should Be Concerned About Flu and Coronavirus?

Everyone young and old should get the flu shot as a precaution. Pregnant women, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems are still the most critical recipients of the flu vaccine. Practice the same social distancing, mask, and flu guidelines already in place to help slow the spread of flu germs. 

Both viruses can be deadly for some and mild for others. It’s those who are more likely to suffer from serious consequences who must be considered. 

What Should I do if I Develop Flu or Coronavirus-related Symptoms?

Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you develop a fever, chills, nausea and/or vomiting, or cough. You need to be tested for both viruses and get treatment for your symptoms. Follow their guidelines for social distancing while you are at the clinic. Some clinics will treat and test you from your car. You should quarantine yourself for at least 10 days to help prevent the spread of illness. Exposed household members should do the same for precaution.

Are you experiencing symptoms related to flu or covid-19? Contact Mantachie Rural Health Care immediately to set up an appointment for testing and care. 

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