7 Steps to Preventing the Flu and COVID-19
Differentiating between the two viruses – COVID19 and flu – can be a bit difficult considering the fact that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have identified a number of overlapping symptoms. The overlapping systems include but are not limited to fever/chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty in breathing, fatigue, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle pains or body aches, headache, and vomiting or diarrhea.
From the incubation time to treatment and vaccines of the viruses, there are several points of difference between the two too. However, one symptom that is exclusive to COVID19 is the loss of taste/smell and acts as a major identifier for coronavirus diagnosis. Getting infected with either of the viruses can easily take a toll on an aging parent’s health and that is exactly why it is so important for them to follow certain safety precautions.
These may include:
- Washing your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, you can always use hand sanitizers.
- Wipe down the commonly touched surfaces with an approved disinfectant on a frequent basis.
- Maintain social distancing and stay at least six feet away from others.
- Wear a mask when social distancing isn’t possible.
- Avoid mass gatherings and poorly ventilated areas.
- If you are not wearing a mask, cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue.
- Avoid touching your mouth, eyes, and nose as much as possible.
If you are concerned about being exposed to either of the viruses, do not hesitate reaching out to your physician.
Amid these difficult times, ABC is working hard on ensuring that all the in-home caregivers in Bergen County are following strict protocols regarding COVID19. Feel free to browse through the website.