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Staying Well

Getting the COVID-19 vaccine, frequent hand washing, staying hydrated, eating a healthy diet, and wearing a mask are all ways to help protect yourself and your loved ones from illness, especially during flu season.

Stay Home, Get Tested, Call Your Doctor

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 or develop a fever and symptoms such as cough, difficulty breathing, chills, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, or muscle pain, stay home and call your healthcare provider for medical advice.  Testing is recommended for symptomatic individuals.

If you're feeling mildly ill:

  • Stay home except for getting medical care (call ahead to your provider).

  • Do not go to work, school, or any other public place.

  • Do not travel using public transportation.

  • Tylenol may be used for fever control and body pain (use according to product recommendations).

  • Over the counter cough medicines can help with a cough pain (use according to product recommendations).

  • Eat a healthy diet including lots of fresh fruit.

  • Avoid sodas and other high sugar junk foods.

  • Fresh air and sunlight are the best air purifiers, open windows and shades if conditions permit.

  • Stay hydrated by drinking lots of fresh water.

What else can you do? 

 

As with any virus, especially during the flu season, there are a number of very effective steps you can take to protect your health and those around you. 

  • Get vaccinated for COVID-19 and the Flu

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unclean hands.

  • Stay in your home as much as possible. The only exceptions should be for getting food and/or necessary household supplies, medications and medical treatments.

  • Wear a face mask or covering, and practice social distancing of at least six feet if it is necessary to leave your home.

  • Limit close contact, like kissing and sharing cups or utensils, with people who are sick.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, or your elbow.

 

Remember, colds and flu are common this time of year.  If you come in contact with an individual with cold or flu symptoms, protect yourself using the steps shown above. If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or health condition, follow the step above as well as:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, and stay away from large gatherings and crowds.

  • Stay home as much as possible. Consider ways of getting food brought to your house through family, social, or commercial networks.