Flu season is something that comes around each year without fail, but the 2020 flu season comes with some additional challenges thanks to COVID-19. The best way to protect your health this winter is to be prepared and knowledgeable on both the flu and COVID-19. Let’s look at some of the basics you need to know to avoid getting sick, as well as what to do if you do get sick.
Preventing the Flu and COVID-19
Prevention is truly the best medicine. Although the flu and COVID-19 are spread in similar ways, the methods of prevention are a little different.
- Flu prevention – The best way to prevent the flu is to get your flu vaccine each year. Flu vaccines become available in the fall and the earlier you get it, the better! A flu vaccine is over 80% effective at preventing the flu and works to lessen the time and severity of your symptoms if you do get the flu.
- COVID-19 prevention – While there is no COVID-19 vaccine available to the public yet, there are several things you can do to lower your risk of infection. Frequent handwashing, avoiding touching your face, and practicing social distancing in public are all great preventative methods. Wearing a mask in public along with those other methods is the best way to minimize your risk of infection.
Can You Get the Flu and COVID-19 at the Same Time?
While it’s not likely you’ll get the flu and covid-19 at the same time if you use the preventative methods discussed above, it is technically possible. Both illnesses are treated differently, but the symptoms you present may be very similar. Since there’s no way to know if you have the flu, COVID-19, or both, it’s best to self-quarantine until you take the next steps.
What to Do If You Get Sick
If you develop symptoms that could potentially be linked to the flu or COVID-19, stay home and call your doctor. For the quickest treatment and testing options, you can also contact a nearby urgent care center. The medical staff will assess your symptoms over the phone and instruct you on the best next steps to take.
If you’re in need of COVID-19 testing or a seasonal flu shot, schedule an appointment with AFC Urgent Care Malden! Flu shots are available around the country and are covered in full by most major insurance plans. Getting your flu shot is the easiest way to start preparing for the 2020 winter.