Ready or Not…It’s Respiratory Viral Season

Woman at home on the couch blowing her noseAnyone 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

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