A Doctors Tips for Avoiding Illness This Fall

October 8, 2021 | Responding to the Storm: How Iowa Utilities Reacted to the Derecho Michael Sinklier, DO, The Iowa Clinic,

Cold and flu season is starting and with COVID-19 still rampant, it’s never been more important to prioritize prevention. Cold, flu and COVID can all be transmitted person-to-person or between people in close contact, mainly through droplets created when someone coughs, sneezes or talks.

The good news? The preventative measures you’d use to prevent getting COVID-19 work just as efficiently for avoiding the flu (with the addition of getting your flu shot) or the common cold.

Here are my top recommendations for protecting yourself from illness this fall:

1. Wash your hands frequently for a full 20 seconds with warm water and soap.

2. Wear a mask when indoors when in close proximity with others.

3. Avoid touching your face, mouth and eyes.

4. Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing in the crook of your elbow.

5. Avoid shaking hands.

6. Disinfect high-contact surfaces frequently.

7. Get your flu shot! If you do become ill, stay home and seek out testing if you’re worried about COVID- 19. You can also contact your Primary Care Provider for guidance if you’re concerned about your symptoms.