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Published on January 11, 2022

Fight Flu and COVID-19: 4 Tips to Keep You Well

Stay well with these 4 tips to fight flu, COVID-19 and other illnesses from Valerie Leschber, MD, chief medical officer, Cone Health.

Tip 1: Protect yourself from severe illness by getting the COVID-19 vaccine and booster, and by getting your flu shot. 

It's important to be vaccinated for COVID-19 for several reasons:

  • COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and protect you from severe illness and hospitalization.
  • Also, by you being vaccinated, you can help protect those around you who are not yet eligible to receive their own vaccine.

It's also important to get your flu shot. Just as with COVID-19, vaccination against influenza can help prevent the most serious complications resulting in hospitalization.

Flu shots are readily available at your provider's offices, pharmacies and other community clinics.

If you have questions about receiving your flu vaccine or your COVID-19 vaccine, please talk to your health care provider.

Tip 2: Practice infection prevention – it will protect you from COVID-19, flu and other illnesses.

Good infection prevention includes:

  • Washing your hands frequently.
  • Waiting a physical distance from others, especially in public or indoors.
  • Wearing a mask that covers your nose and your mouth.

Tip 3: Get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or if you've been exposed.

It's possible that you could be infected with COVID-19 and not even show symptoms – but still spread the illness to others.

Because of this, it's important to get tested as soon as you've been exposed or as soon as you begin showing symptoms. Please make an appointment to be tested. And remember: To avoid long wait times, don't use the emergency rooms or urgent care centers for COVID-19 testing.  

Visit conehealth.com/testing to schedule a testing appointment.

Tip 4: Know where to go for medical care.

Long wait times are unfortunately common today across our state and our nation because of unvaccinated people seeking emergency care for their COVID-19 symptoms.

For emergency conditions like shortness of breath, chest pain, weakness or slurred speech, you should go to the nearest emergency room or call 911.  

For non-emergency symptoms like cough, cold or ear infection, there are quicker options available, like virtual care.

Find the right care options at conehealth.com/appointments

Schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine or booster.

COVID-19 vaccines protect you from severe illness and hospitalization. Find a vaccination clinic near you and schedule an appointment at conehealth.com/vaccine

Fight Flu and COVID-19: 4 Tips to Keep You Well