As the weather crisps and we spend more time inside, the risk of contracting a respiratory illness, including the common cold, flu, or COVID-19, increases significantly.
“Remaining vigilant against these diseases is so important,” says James Matera, DO, chief medical officer at CentraState. “It’s up to us to help keep our community safe.”
Dr. Matera shares some suggestions for fighting off these illnesses this fall season.
COVID-19 AND FLU VACCINES ARE YOUR FIRST DEFENSE
Last fall, the flu and other upper respiratory viruses didn’t have the opportunity to spread as much as they have in the past. We don’t know what to expect in the upcoming fall and winter months regarding these viruses—so it’s important to be protected. The key to preventing serious illness from COVID-19 and the flu is to get vaccinated for both, according to Dr. Matera.
“The science behind the COVID-19 vaccines is solid, and vaccines remain our single best defense against the virus,” says Dr. Matera.
YOUR GO-TO HEALTHY HABITS ARE YOUR SUPERPOWERS
Masks and social distancing are good ways to keep yourself and those around you safe. We’ve also learned the importance of staying home when feeling under the weather. And tap into the hand hygiene habits you perfected throughout the pandemic.
“These measures, particularly masks, still remain a practical way to slow the spread of these illnesses,” says Dr. Matera. “While these times are uncertain, we can take action to be healthy heroes.”
For more information about COVID-19 resources at CentraState, visit centrastate.com/covid-19
Looking for information about booster shots? Visit centrastate.com/vaccine