Virus Protection 101

Reduce your Risk of Contracting the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Influenza Virus (Flu).

So there have been an estimated 29 million flu illnesses, 280,000 hospitalizations and 16,000 deaths due to the influenza virus. As the Coronavirus has now spread to 6 continents, with 60 reported cases in the US, here are a few things you should know to keep you and your loved ones safe.

😷 You can unfortunately still contract the flu virus even if you have been vaccinated.

😷The signs and symptoms of influenza usually start abruptly, including but not limited to: fever, chills, cough, sore throat, body aches, runny/stuffy nose, fatigue, dizziness, and headache.

😷Signs and symptoms of Coronavirus include fever, cough and shortness of breath. If you have been exposed to someone who has coronavirus or have travelled to a Coronavirus area within the past 14 days and have developed symptoms, call your healthcare provider for further instruction. (Do not just show up). If you have emergency symptoms, it is best to be evaluated at the nearest Emergency Department.

😷Both viruses are spread through respiratory droplets (about 6 feet or less) when infected people cough, sneeze or talk. It can also be contracted by touching an infected surface and then touching your own mouth, eyes, or nose.

😷If you have influenza, you could be contagious 1 day before you develop symptoms and up to 5-7 days after you develop symptoms.

With coronavirus you could develop symptoms 1-14 days after exposure and it is unknown how long one continues to be contagious.

😷To prevent spreading the flu once diagnosed, COVER YOUR COUGH/SNEEZES, wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, avoid close contact with family/friends (if possible), wear a mask, stay hydrated, get plenty of rest and please, please, PLEASE stay home from work or school at least 48 hours after you are fever free.

😷If you are well and caring for a loved one with influenza, try to wear a mask when possible, use lysol wipes to disinfect frequently used and contaminated surfaces as often as possible, keep hand sanitizer close by and wash your hands thoroughly (for at least 20 seconds) and often.

Praying for speedy recoveries for those who are ill, and continued health for those who aren't. Stay safe friends!