As we approach the winter seasons across the United States, it is important to be aware of the current issues we still face today. With COVID-19 still ongoing, the mixture of cold temperatures and the virus outbreak will be important to be aware of in the next couple months. Being prepared, educated, and aware of current issues and trends in our communities will be crucial more than ever and we here at CareLinx want to ensure you are ready. Here are some helpful tips in preparing yourself for the upcoming winter this year with COVID-19 involved:
Spend more time indoors - According to VOA news, COVID-19 thrives in colder weather, where there is a higher chance of the disease being contracted airborne. By going outside and spending more time outdoors, there is more ample opportunity for the virus to spread and linger in the air, posing as a major threat to the health of members of our communities. By spending more time indoors, it lowers the chances that you will contract the virus outside, help stop the spread, and ensure you are protecting the fellow members of your community. If you do need to go outside, continue to wear facial coverings and maintain a distance of at least 6 feet.
Get your Flu Shot! - Getting your annual flu shot has never been more important than the time we are living in currently. Even though the flu shot does not provide protection against COVID-19 itself, it is beneficial in getting this upcoming winter season. According to the CDC, receiving your flu shot can help reduce the chances of being admitted to the hospital for flu-related reasons, help protect vulnerable women and children, and is a preventative tool for people with chronic health conditions. The FDA suggests that adults and children 6 months and older should get their flu shot no later than the end of October. It takes about two weeks before the vaccine is in effect, so receiving your flu shot by the end of October allows time before the harsh temperatures arrive. Flu shots indeed help save lives, so ensure you have either booked an appointment or plan on getting your flu shot soon.
Continue to protect yourself! - Continue to protect yourself as much as you can. Wear facial coverings that cover your nose and mouth, wear warm clothes to protect yourself from the harsh cold, always wash your hands, and carry hand sanitizer with you wherever you go. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, ensuring you are taking the necessary precautions for COVID-19 can help reduce the risk of catching the virus. Stay informed and safe throughout the winter season!
The next couple months will be critical in ensuring we are being safe and smart when it comes to the lower temperatures and COVID-19. If you are interested in learning more, stay informed by visiting the CDC coronavirus page here!