Surviving a ‘Twindemic’
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.”
“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.”
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