Flu season is still a concern during the ongoing COVID pandemic

As COVID-19 continues to spread across the United States, doctors are issuing a reminder about flu season. They want to make sure people are taking the right steps to protect themselves.

“We are seeing people traveling more and getting into larger groups and more crowded environments, so we expect respiratory infections and flu cases to increase,” said family physician Dr Neha Vyas. at the Cleveland Clinic.

Vyas recommends wearing a mask when in public, social distancing when possible, and washing your hands regularly.

It is also important to disinfect all frequently touched surfaces in your home. For example, door handles, light switches and counters.

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Vyas said that while it can’t entirely prevent the flu, it can help reduce the severity of symptoms and the length of recovery.

“Especially now that our hospitals and emergency rooms are overwhelmed with COVID, you want to try to manage your symptoms as much as possible from the comfort of your own home,” she said. “If your symptoms are not severe, you should be able to do this at home rather than going to an urgent care facility.”

Since the symptoms of COVID-19 and the flu are so similar, additional testing may be needed to find out which virus you have. However, Vyas said a key difference is that someone with COVID-19 may be more likely to lose their sense of taste or smell.

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