[ twin-dem-ik ]

1. The dual threat of a severe influenza outbreak coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic.
2. Simultaneous outbreaks of two infectious diseases.

Health experts across the globe are warning against the possibility of a “Twindemic,” for the 2020-2021 season. A Twindemic—catching the flu and COVID-19 at the same time—puts lives at greater risk and can cause excessive strain on our nation’s healthcare capacity. It’s essential for us all to take Twindemic prevention steps in every aspect of our lives.

Both the flu and COVID-19 are dangerous respiratory infections that can be fatal. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released estimates in April 2020 of between 39,000,000 – 56,000,000 flu illnesses and 24,000 to 62,000 deaths for the 2019-2020 flu season. With the emergence of the novel coronavirus pandemic, it’s become crucial to level up our infection prevention measures at home, at work and on-the-go.

Here are some steps you can take to help prevent simultaneous outbreaks of the flu and COVID-19.

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Get a Flu Shot
If there was ever a season to get a flu vaccine, it’s this one. Officials across the globe are urging people to get flu shots, from UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of the CDC and Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The CDC recommends annual flu shots for everyone over six months of age, with rare exception. If you have concerns or a medical condition, talk to your physician first.

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Mask Up
Health experts recommend wearing a quality face mask with two or more breathable layers in public. Masks help stop us from exhaling contaminated respiratory droplets into the atmosphere and on other people.

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Deep Clean
Schedule deep cleaning every day, both at home and the workplace. Pay special attention to some of the high-touch areas and communal surfaces that harbor germs. Hit hotspots like doorknobs, light switches, handles, faucets, appliance pulls, counters, tables, countertops, desks, phones, keyboards, remote controls and toilets.

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Disinfect Regularly
Establish a disinfection protocol for your household and workplace—and schedule it frequently. Spray all the germy hotspots after deep cleaning, as well as items you carry with you like purses, backpacks and gym bags. Only use a top-of-the-line, EPA-registered disinfectant like Clear Gear Spray. Clear Gear has been proven to kill germs that cause COVID-19 in only three minutes! It’s a formidable weapon in your antivirus arsenal—it slays germs that cause everything from the flu, colds, strep and salmonella to hepatitis B & C and staph infections including MRSA. Clear Gear protects you from all this and more without corroding surfaces, gear and equipment.

Clear Gear EPA-registered disinfectant provides Twindemic prevention without exposing you to the toxic, long-lasting smell of ammonia and bleach products.

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