Doctors Reveal How to Stay Safe From the Flu and COVID This Christmas

Doctors Reveal How to Stay Safe From the Flu and COVID This Christmas

There are several reasons why people may be more likely to become sick during the winter months, and many could get hit by COVID, RSV, or the flu this Christmas. There are several possible explanations, but the good news is that it can be mostly up to us to stay safe.

During the winter, people tend to spend more time indoors, where they are in closer contact with each other. This can increase the chances of getting infected with a virus or bacteria, especially if someone in the group is already sick.

Cold temperatures can weaken the immune system, making it easier for viruses and bacteria to thrive and infect the body.

Another possible reason is the dry air. Cold air tends to be dry, which can dry out the mucous membranes in the nose and throat. This can make it easier for viruses and bacteria to enter the body and cause illness.

So how can we stay safe?

Not contracting the flu, COVID, or RSV this Christmas is possible

Dr. Rose Zacharias, who is president of the Ontario Medical Association (OMA), explained as The Spec quotes:

We know that people are eager to spend time with friends and family again after more than two years of pandemic restrictions, but we urge everyone to think about where they will be and who will be there.

To keep yourself and your loved ones healthy, the OMA suggests taking a few preventive measures. First and foremost, be sure to get your flu shot and any COVID-19 boosters you may be eligible for. Then, when you’re out in public, wear a mask to protect yourself and those around you – especially if you’re in indoor spaces, on public transit, or near people who may be more vulnerable to illness. Trust us, a little bit of caution goes a long way in helping to keep everyone healthy and happy.

The doctor also added, as the same source quotes:

Take precautions that will protect the most vulnerable people you will be with.

Over 43,000 doctors are part of OMA, which means that you should take into account what the association has to say. 

Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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