Health experts across the world are stressing the importance of Twindemic prevention. A Twindemic occurs when two viruses like the flu and COVID-19 collide. Experts are concerned that an occurrence could overwhelm our already taxed healthcare system—and doctors worry about the catastrophic effects to patients’ immune systems.
Contracting one illness makes you more vulnerable to getting infected with another. Illnesses like the flu and COVID-19 tax your immune system and weaken your body, making it more important than ever to avoid infectious germs and keep defenses up.
Here are a few ways to avoid the double whammy of catching the flu and COVID-19 at the same time.
Keep Masking Up
Masking up, coupled with physical distancing, is one of our most powerful defenses against the flu and coronaviruses. Keep your mask on whenever you’re around other people or are exposed to germ hotspots.
Get a Flu Shot
Since the COVID-19 vaccine is not publicly available yet, a flu shot is a powerful tool against a Twindemic. There is no better way to help inoculate yourself against a simultaneous occurrence of both viruses. Getting a flu vaccine doesn’t just help you and those you’re in close proximity with—it helps lessen the load on our busy healthcare system.
According to the Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC), between 140.000 and 810,000 Americans are hospitalized with the flu every year. With COVID-19 cases rising, this could lead to a double whammy that our healthcare workers are not equipped for. Protecting yourself with a flu shot can help save hospital beds for those who contract COVID-19 and other illnesses.
It’s more important than ever to deep clean and disinfect all surfaces in your home and workplace, especially high-touch areas. Use an EPA-registered disinfectant like Clear Gear, which kills flu and COVID-19 germs in three minutes, without all the toxic fumes that products containing bleach, alcohol and ammonia emit. Bleach-free disinfectant is safer for use and doesn’t cause corrosion and damage to surfaces and equipment it’s used on.
One of the best ways to avoid germs that cause COVID-19, the flu and other infections is to stay home whenever possible. If you feel sick, don’t go to work or anywhere else where you may expose others.
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