Fall and winter tend to be stressful times, but 2020 has made that truer than ever! COVID-19 has changed nearly every aspect of daily lives across the country (and the globe!) and that won’t be stopping anytime soon. In addition to battling COVID-19 this winter, flu season is officially in full swing. The best way to protect your health this winter is to stay prepared and understand the risks of both viruses, so let’s take a closer look!
Why is the Flu Shot so Important?
Getting a flu shot is important every year, but in 2020 it’s absolutely vital. The American healthcare system is already overwhelmed and struggling to find the resources and staff to manage the covid-19 pandemic. Each flu season, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized for flu related reasons. The healthcare system is not able to handle a flu epidemic and the covid-19 pandemic at the same time, but what can you do to help? Getting your flu shot is a quick and easy way to do your part to lessen the stress on our healthcare system. Getting a flu shot significantly lowers your risk of contracting the flu and helps to lessen your symptoms if you do get the flu. What does that mean exactly? It means that healthcare staff can keep their focus on covid-19 without becoming overwhelmed due to an influx in flu cases.
Once you have your flu shot to help prevent the flu, you still have to worry about preventing COVID-19. The most effective ways to prevent COVID-19 include:
- Wearing a mask outside of your home
- Frequent hand washing
- Avoid touching your face with your hands
- Maintain 6-feet social distancing
- Adhere to local, state, and federal guidelines surrounding covid-19
Testing and Treatment
Sometimes prevention just isn’t enough and you may still end up sick. Since the flu and covid-19 present such similar symptoms, you should stay home until you can contact your healthcare provider. For quick care 7 days a week, contact AFC Urgent Care Worcester. They will be able to help evaluate your symptoms and determine what your next steps should be. If you’re in need of testing for COVID-19 or the flu, AFC Urgent Care Worcester will be able to provide those services and offer prescription treatment to manage your symptoms.
Staying safe during 2020 flu season while still battling covid-19 is no small task, but it is possible! Stay informed on the number of cases in your area and get your flu vaccine today!