Good Morning Team,
I am sure that you’ve heard that the coronavirus, otherwise known as the flu, is making the rounds. While it is possible to get the flu at any time of the year, in the US our season generally begins in October, peaks between December and February, and tapers off toward May. It is being reported that our current US flu activity is trending higher than in previous years.
And, as you are also no doubt aware, a completely new strain, was discovered in Wuhan, China, and has now sickened more than 600 people, killing 18. It would seem a pretty remote possibility of it showing up in the US but in fact, at the time I am writing this, there have been two reported cases. Modern day travel makes the spread of almost any disease a worldwide possibility. China has reportedly shut down transportation hubs in and out of the most affected area.
Unfortunately, this newest strain appears to have a long incubation period and people may have been spreading the virus long before they had any symptoms themselves. Still there is really no reason to go into full blown panic mode, the flu has been around for as long as we have, and there are some basic precautions we can adhere to which lessen the probability of catching the flu, or at least the severity of it if we do. Below are those tips, taken directly from the CDC (Center for Disease Control) website. The hyperlinks are active here if want more information.
The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. There also are flu antiviral drugs that can be used to treat and prevent flu. The tips and resources below will help you learn about steps you can take to protect yourself and others from flu and help stop the spread of germs.
I think we are a long way from having to wear haz-mat suits everywhere we go but maintaining an awareness of and adhering to the simple steps shared above will go a long way in preventing the needless spread of the flu virus in the coming months. We may not be able to avoid all sickness, but let’s do all that we can to limit how far it might spread.
Have a safe and illness free week!