The year 2020 has brought a pandemic, and many projections show that cases of COVID-19 will increase as it gets colder. Besides all the other dangers that come from colder weather, like slipping on ice, it’s important to do all you can to promote good health practices. Here are some specific steps you can take to promote public health this winter.
Get a Flu Shot
Flu shots are a must every year. Because the flu virus changes a little from year to year, if you are vaccinated once that doesn’t mean that it will last for the next season of flu.
Getting a flu shot can do a great deal to help public health because it helps build a defense against the flu virus. Without getting the flu vaccine, the nation could risk a dual pandemic. This could keep the hospitals from being able to handle all the cases of both viruses.
Take Recommended CDC Measures
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (or CDC for short) does just that—controls and prevents disease. The CDC does a variety of studies and other research related to disease in the nation. Because of their extensive research, they can provide recommendations that help the nation avoid serious medical issues as a whole.
By taking their recommendations seriously, you are not just protecting yourself. You’re protecting others, especially those who are high risk. For example, wearing a face covering helps protect high-risk individuals you come in contact with. As they get new information, they update their website. Check in frequently to know their updated suggestions and follow them as closely as possible.
The holiday season is coming up. Look ahead to what your plans are this winter and find ways to keep in accordance with CDC recommendations. It’s likely your holiday traveling may look different than before. For example, if you are planning to visit family, consider self-isolating for two weeks before staying with them. Also talk with your boss about working remotely. This will help protect your family and protect those that you interact with on a normal basis.
This winter looks a little different, but being safe and protecting others is an easy objective to agree with. Follow these tips as you would take measures to avoid slipping on ice or you would dress warmly in cold weather. By following these steps, you’ll improve public health and protect those around you.