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Tips/ How to protect ourselves from respiratory viruses during the winter

2023-11-20 13:10:00, Sociale CNA
Tips/ How to protect ourselves from respiratory viruses during the winter
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With winter already knocking in every country, there is also a need to increase preventive measures against respiratory viruses, which are expected to increase the number of sick cases with the mass movement of people during the end of the year holidays. CNN reports that there are some effective ways that health experts advise to ease the problems throughout this season.

Experts suggest the application of the vaccine as Covid-19 and respiratory viruses are spreading significantly. Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, an infectious disease specialist at the University of California, San Francisco, said touching common surfaces that may be contaminated and sharing air with infected people increases the chance of infection.

" Many people will be traveling in record numbers for Thanksgiving and the holiday season," he said. "This means that the risk will be mixed from all over the country. " – said the specialist.

Don't let your guard down

Some Americans have continued to wear masks well into 2023, but many abandoned the practice after local jurisdictions eased Covid-19 guidelines. However, Chin-Hong said wearing a mask on public transport and at the airport is still one of the best things you can do to prevent the spread of the disease wherever you go.

Masking is also important in areas with limited ventilation and airflow, such as sunken aircraft bridges where passengers stand while waiting to board a flight. Chin-Hong adds that masks should also be worn on flights, even if there is good ventilation, as an added layer of protection from people coughing and sneezing.

Sit near windows when you gather with a lot of people

If you find yourself in crowded places or meetings with friends during the end of the year festivities, try to sit near the windows, says the expert. If you sit near the window, it will be less dangerous for you to get a respiratory infection.

Personal hygiene

Hand washing is also a good habit to practice during the holidays, Chin-Hong said. If soap and water are not available, a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can kill many germs. It is also a good rule of thumb to avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth to avoid spreading germs.

Vaccination of children

The expert says doctors should prioritize doses of a new vaccine to prevent respiratory viruses for babies who are even more vulnerable.

In fact, about three-quarters of American adults say they're "not very worried" or "not at all worried" about getting Covid-19 during the holidays, according to a new survey by KFF, and two-thirds say they are not worried about the spread of the virus to nearby people./ CNA

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