Anyone who has ever had a respiratory virus knows it’s no fun. Fortunately, you can take several proactive steps to lessen the chances of contracting these and other viruses.
Follow these tips for avoiding germs:
- If you’re sick, stay home. If a fever persists for longer than 24 hours, contact your primary care provider or pediatrician. Your provider will know if you need to be tested for both flu and COVID-19 to be sure you or your child is not contagious.
- Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.
- Don’t touch your face or rub your eyes.
- Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze.
- Wipe down frequently used surfaces with disinfecting wipes.
- Get vaccinated for both flu and COVID-19 in preparation for the upcoming season.
Help boost your immune system by incorporating these daily habits:
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Get a good night’s rest.
- Fit in some exercise several times a week.
- Destress whenever possible.
Finding care if you get sick with a respiratory virus
If you have difficulty breathing or other life-threatening or serious symptoms, you should seek emergency care immediately. If you think you have a respiratory virus and the symptoms are mild, contact your primary care provider.
If and when you need to take action for you or your family, go to wakehhealth.edu/getcare.