How to Combat Cold & Flu Season
‘Tis the season to play everyone’s least favorite guessing game: is it allergies, a cold, the flu or COVID-19? While some outcomes are more favorable than others, none of them feel much like winning. Save yourself the strategizing – there’s no way out of this Squid Game but through it, so we’ve put together our top tips for staying healthy through the next several months.
Get your head in the game
We’re creeping into cold and flu season, and it’s important to be cognizant of risk factors ahead. Historically, we’ve blamed the cooler weather for driving people indoors and in closer contact (also known as a full-on germ fest). Now, with little-to-no remaining pandemic restrictions in place, our immune systems – whether compromised or not – are left in a particularly vulnerable spot at the (least-fun-ever) party.
We’ve said it once and we’re happy to say it again: get your vaccines. Pop by your local pharmacy for your flu shot and refresh your COVID-19 booster if you need to. These five minutes give you an important layer of protection, so why not get your shot?
Make a plan of action
Don’t go into this thing blind. With holidays around the corner, you can already predict hotspots for getting sick. Whether that’s your office party or traveling to see family, make sure to have a plan in place. Wash your hands often, keep your sanitizer close, mask up on public transportation and try to avoid super-crowded areas. That last one can be tough during the season for trick-or-treating and holiday happenings, so assess your risk appetite before you RSVP yes.
Bring in reinforcements
If you’re having cold or flu symptoms, go get tested (for both the flu and COVID-19) as soon as possible. If your COVID-19 test comes back positive, follow our guide for getting through it. Consult your doctor for any lingering ailments you thought might be allergies. And, as always, reach out to us if you need the Sherpas on your team this cold and flu season.