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Surviving a ‘Twindemic’

November 2020

With the continued presence of COVID-19 and the soon-to-be-upon-us flu season, public health experts are calling for increased vigilance and a double dose of precautionary behavior in order to manage the “Twindemic!” Where to begin?

Face Masks & Face Shields
“Face masks will be a point of emphasis during the ‘twindemic.’ And anything that is covering the nose and mouth effectively and firmly will help. Face shields, used in conjunction with a mask, could help remind people not to touch their eyes.”

Hand Hygiene
“Experts encourage good hand hygiene to combat COVID-19, flu and other illnesses.” Washing with soap and water for 20 seconds is still preferred over hand sanitizers. But when using a hand sanitizer, “make sure it has greater than 60% ethanol. And avoid hand sanitizers with methanol compounds.”

Flu Shots
This year there is extra emphasis on flu shots. “Health officials don’t want to see an influx of flu patients and COVID-19 patients overwhelming hospital systems.” And experts are recommending that “everyone over the age of six months should get a flu shot, and now is the prime time to be vaccinated.”

Information source: “‘Twindemic’ Warning” by Julia Felton, Tribune-Review

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