Year after year it’s the same story. As temperatures start to get colder outside, the common cold and influenza, along with other infections, tend to worsen and spread on a much wider scale. This primarily happens because we are all forced indoors in poorly ventilated buildings, surrounded by coworkers and fellow students that at a first glance may only have a noticeable sniffle.
Before too long you’re calling off work with a 101-degree fever or because you’re halfway through the process of hacking up your left lung. Coronavirus: are we prepared for winter? Let’s find out! In case you missed this post, 35 OTC Medications You Should Store
Coronavirus: Are We Prepared for Winter?
Only this year there’s a new variable that we have to account for, Coronavirus. You’ve probably grown tired of hearing about it, (as have I) but if we become complacent as temperatures start to grow colder, this winter’s coronavirus cases might escalate into something even worse than the initial outbreak. Experts are already saying that the numbers and cases could more than double, in a worst-case scenario.
So the question is, are you prepared for this winter? Even though it may still be summer, and we’re experiencing warm weather day after day, the time to prepare is now. Here’s how you and your family can take steps to keep healthy, even in the midst of a possible perfect winter storm.
Get a Flu Shot
I’ll just say this right upfront. No, the flu shot will not prevent you and your loved ones from contracting Covid-19, but it could keep it from spreading as easily. There’s the slim possibility that a patient could be battling influenza and Covid-19 at the same exact time, where they’re sneezing and coughing, allowing both viruses to spread simultaneously.
During the winter, the coronavirus cases will certainly become harder to track, because they share several of the same symptoms of other respiratory infections. This will undoubtedly cause Covid-19 statistics to go askew, but all health experts still agree on one thing.
The health experts suggest as many people as possible should consider getting the flu vaccination this fall. Let me be clear here, I am not advocating for or against flu shots.
Keep Up With Your Health
Being locked down in our homes for a few months earlier this year due to Covid-19 was difficult to say the least. It was challenging not only on our physical health, but our mental health as well. It’s important that you continue to keep up, both physically and mentally, so that you aren’t more likely to get sick.
Though you’ve heard it time and time again, continue to keep your hands washed with soap and warm water to prevent any germs from spreading. It will also be important that you keep up on your vitamin C and D, which both play important roles in proper body functions. It’s also a good idea that you find an indoor activity or exercise that you enjoy doing so that you continue to stay active and both physically and mentally strong.
Open a Window
Colder weather, along with shorter days, means less time that we can spend outdoors. Because of this, we’re exposing ourselves to crowded areas, and at times, poorly ventilated rooms. This allows for more densely spread virus particles to navigate the same air that we breathe. If you can get a really good humidifier, I highly recommend one. I have one going 24/7.
Opening up a window may help to make a difference. Yes, this may do a bit of harm to your utility rates this winter, but opening up a window can not only give you a bit of fresh cool air, but allows virus particles to spread out more and dissipate. If it bugs you to see the warm air pumped outdoors, open the window(s) for short periods of time, and try opening windows in various rooms.
Continue with Sanitizing Surfaces
I’m sure that you’ve been sanitizing the surfaces in your home and in the office more than you ever have in your life. But with winter coming fast upon us, you’ll have to do so even more rigorously and faithfully. Why you may ask?
Cooler weather, along with lower humidity, gives viruses the perfect conditions to last much longer on surfaces that we tend to touch often. Some scientists have insisted that the virus can last up to 10 times longer in the cold.
During the winter viruses can stay alive on surfaces for a number of days. We then turn around and touch our face, lips, eyes, and nose with the same hands that touched the surface that contained the virus.
Stock Up on Food, Supplies, and Medications
If we wind up facing another lockdown during winter, not only will fewer places be open, but supplies will be harder to come by as well. If the cases start to get out of hand again, we may begin to notice grocery shelves becoming depleted once again.
Stocking up on canned and dried foods for your pantry would be a smart move. Having a stock of foods also means fewer visits to the grocery store and increasing the chances of your family being exposed.
Now’s the time to make sure that your toilet paper, hand sanitizer, disinfectants, and face mask supplies are well established, along with over the counter prescriptions, vitamins, and other medical supplies you might need.
This winter we need to hope for the best but prepare for the worst. You and I should do this so that we can keep our families healthy, and protect those around us who are more vulnerable to the virus. If everyone were to take action now before winter is upon us, the risks of a resurgence would be far less severe, and more lives in your community could be saved.
Remember to wash your hands often, and sanitize surfaces in your work area and in your home that get touched on a daily basis. Getting the flu vaccine may also help to slow the spread. Here again, I am not advocating for or against the flu shot, let me make this clear.
Also, be sure to have a healthy stock of health supplies and over the counter medicines that could be harder to come by if another hysterical hoarding situation were to happen again. What do you think about Coronavirus: are we prepared for winter? May God bless this world, Linda
Copyright Images: Cleaning Supplies Deposit photos_118711702_s-2019, Open Windows Deposit photos_8877408_s-2019