What to Expect This Flu Season
With COVID-19 cases still on the rise throughout the United States and the flu season on the horizon, many people wonder what to expect for flu season 2020 and how they can prepare for it. It is still unknown how the flu and the coronavirus will affect each other. That uncertainty has caused many infectious disease experts to advise everyone to take greater caution this year. Here are a few things you should know as we get ready to enter into the upcoming flu season.
What Are the Similarities Between COVID-19 and the Flu?
Both the flu andCOVID-19 are viruses. They can both cause you to have respiratory issues and it takes around two weeks to recover from both viruses. Both are also severe illnesses that can sometimes lead to hospitalization or death.
The good news is thatCOVID-19 and influenza can both be contained by using similar precautions such as wearing masks, handwashing, and keeping your distance from others. Reports from other parts of the world where the flu season has already been in effect have shown that the precautions, they currently take to prevent the spread ofCOVID-19 help prevent the spread of the flu.
Can You Have COVID-19 And the Flu at the Same Time?
Because they are two different types of viruses, it is possible to have both coronavirus and the flu at once. Likewise, since there are differences in these two viruses, you cannot depend on the flu vaccine to protect you from COVID-19. However, taking the flu shot will not make it more likely for you to end up with coronavirus.
What Is Different With This Year’s Flu Shot?
Flu clinics will likely take place in much larger venues this year as more people are expected to want the flu shot for this 2020-2021 season than ever before. It’s important to continue following the current safety guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 when you go to get your flu vaccination. Always wear masks and be sure to keep your distance. Remember, if you are ill, whether you have COVID-19 or another type of illness, you should refrain from getting the flu shot until you feel better.
Getting Tested for COVID-19 and The Flu
If you begin to notice flu-like symptoms such as respiratory issues, your doctor may recommend that you are tested for both the flu virus and COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control has taken it one step further and combined the two tests. That means every specimen taken is tested for both viruses at the same time.
It is expected that the flu testing will be performed in the same manner as COVID-19 testing is currently. If you receive a positive result, you will need to remain in quarantine while determining whether you have the flu or coronavirus.
How Long Is Flu Season?
The flu season begins in early September and lasts through spring. It peaks between December and February. It is recommended that you get a flu shot between early September and late October for optimal effectiveness. Now more than ever before, it is essential to stay healthy and keep your immune system in the best possible condition. You can start preparing for the upcoming flu season by scheduling your flu vaccination today.
Stay Healthy During Flu Season and All Year Long
If you have symptoms of the flu or just want to have a general check-up to ensure you are as healthy as possible, get in touch with our team here at BASS Urgent Care today. We are here to help the residents of Walnut Creek prepare for the flu season 2020-2021.Contact us today at (925) 329-3718 for more details.