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Tips for staying healthy and dealing with flu season and COVID-19

When you think about the flu season and COVID-19, does it seem like staying healthy is an uphill battle? Our Austin OBGYNs know that this is a difficult time for everyone, so we want to offer you some valuable advice about keeping yourself healthy this winter.

You can take steps to stay healthy during flu season and COVID-19

You’ve heard the basic tips to prevent the flu and COVID-19 many times before, but they’re so important that they’re worth repeating.

  • Staying healthy starts with frequent and thorough handwashing.
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or your elbow when you sneeze or cough.
  • Stay home from work if you’re sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose as much as possible.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and electronic devices often.

Also, talk to our Austin OBGYNs about the flu vaccine. This vaccination is safe for everyone six months of age and older, including women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. When the COVID-19 vaccine becomes widespread, you can talk with your doctor about getting this shot as well.

There are a few other steps to take to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Wearing a mask is critical to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. Incidentally, masking up when you’re in public or in the presence of family or friends who don’t live with you also helps you avoid other viruses during the flu season and COVID-19. Here are some additional steps you can take to avoid the virus.

  • Avoid crowded, indoor spaces and stay at least 6 feet away from other people.
  • If you need to meet with people who don’t live with you, try to get together outside. Also, it’s best to avoid large gatherings of any kind, outdoors or indoors.
  • If you must gather indoors with others, always keep your mask on and try to stay at least 6 feet apart.
  • After a COVID-19 exposure, self-quarantine and contact a medical professional to schedule a test and get medical advice.

Our caring physicians can help you with staying healthy during flu season and COVID-19. From avoiding viruses to preventing health issues throughout your life, our Austin OBGYNs are here for you. Contact us for an appointment.