(AscendHealthy.com) – This fall could be a tough one. With the cold and flu season on the way and COVID-19 still raging out of control, we may wind up slammed with a deadly trifecta as soon as cooler temperatures hit. It’s more important than ever to stay ahead of the potential wave. Try these helpful tips to improve your odds of getting through the coming months unscathed.
As temperatures cool down and viruses become more active, we might find ourselves slammed all at once with the flu, the common cold and increased COVID-19 numbers. We can reduce our risks of falling victim to one or more of these viral infections by continuing to limit our outside contact, taking measures to protect our homes from outside invaders and being preemptive about the possible dangers ahead. See the details of these protective measures in the article below.
Follow These Tips to Avoid Getting Sick This Fall.
Continue Limiting Outside Contact
The United States never managed to flatten the curve, and many areas are still seeing terrifying surges in COVID-19 cases. According to current CDC reports, with over 180,000 mortalities already reported this year, the US continues to average over 1,000 deaths each day. The situation might get far worse when weather conditions become even more favorable for this virus and many others. It’s critical to continue social distancing, no matter how tempting it may be to take a break from extreme measures.
Protect Your Household
Protection starts at home, so it’s up to each of us to defend ours from the possible onslaught. Try to stay in when possible, keeping hands clean and free of the face when out in public. Wear a mask and stay at least 6 feet away from other people in public venues. Avoid crowded locations altogether.
Make your indoor environment less inviting to viruses by running a humidifier and an air purifier equipped with a UV filter. This may not fully sanitize the air, but it will reduce the viral load, and that could make a difference if someone brings one of these infections into your home. Don’t forget to wipe down frequently touched items like doorknobs and light switches to reduce risks of transmission via infected surfaces.
Consider Preemptive Measures
In the best of circumstances, preparation is never a bad idea, but with the difficulties that could be ahead of us, it’s a very smart option. Work on unhealthy habits now to reduce the risks of increased complications later. Pay particular attention to self-care, so both your body and mind are ready for any necessary battles. Also, consider stocking up on a few extra items each time you visit the supermarket, so that you have everything you need should the equivalent of another Great Toilet Paper Shortage arise. Panic could hit if the combined infection rates hit critical levels.
Get Your Flu Shot
The CDC recommends yearly flu vaccinations, especially for children, seniors and people with chronic health conditions. Effectiveness can vary by the year, but even a mismatched choice in strains may provide more protection than none at all. People concerned about the pros and cons of flu vaccinations should talk with their doctors to obtain more information.
This fall could get ugly, so stay on guard and be prepared for the temperature and humidity drops. Even though we could be looking at a historic cold and flu season, planning, preparation and tenacity give us the best odds of avoiding illness. Are you ready?
~Here’s to Your Healthy Ascension
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