Winter is now fully upon us and with it comes a trifecta of infectious diseases that can affect people all at the same time!
As you may be aware, they are influenza, COVID-19 and RSV!
With that being said, we need to be well informed on how to keep these viruses at bay, away from us and all of our loved ones, reason for which the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) has released a statement containing some precious instructions for the population.
More precisely, the public announcement has been released by APIC’s CEO, Devin Jopp, who stated that:
“With a trifecta of COVID-19, influenza, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) circulating, and hospitalizations from influenza at their highest levels in a decade, the need is great to protect our most vulnerable populations—seniors and children. Increased socializing and crowded indoor gatherings during the holidays will put more people at risk of getting sick.”
In light of the multiple viral threats, the association recommends following a few important steps to avoid putting ourselves as well as our family and friends in danger of contracting any or all of these diseases.
They are all especially vital to know and follow since the holiday season is also when most loved ones gather together to celebrate, facilitating the transmission of diseases.
- Practice Respiratory Etiquette
When in doubt, wearing a mask in crowded settings is still a good idea.
You should also keep your hands as clean as possible, cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze and ensure the young children in your family you know how to do the same correctly.
- Go to the Doctor
As soon as you feel symptoms develop, contact a healthcare provider.
This will ensure that treatment can be started early on and be more effective.
Of course, it can also help avoid potential complications or infecting your loved ones.
- Get Vaccinated
Finally, it is recommended that you receive the updated COVID-19 booster as well as the flu vaccine.
After all, they are made to fight the strains currently spreading, protecting against hospitalization and even worse, death.
As you probably know, vaccines do not only protect the receiver but also everyone else around them, especially those who are too young to get inoculated yet or are immunocompromised.