The seasons are changing, and there is a lot to look forward to about this time of year. Football, holidays and time spent with friends and family can all make this season one to remember. One part of the fall and winter that isn’t so pleasant is the rise in illnesses.
Colds, the flu and strep throat are more common during the colder months, and we also expect a rise in COVID-19 cases like we have seen in the last few years.
While the emergency status for COVID-19 has expired, it is still a real threat to our community. Read on as our AFC Urgent Care Monroe Road team explains more about COVID and the symptoms to watch for this season.
Can COVID-19 Still Make You Really Sick?
COVID-19 is still a threat in our community, especially for those who are immunocompromised or are older adults. The virus is constantly changing and evolving into different strains, so even if you got sick a couple of years ago, you are still at risk of contracting one of these current strains.
We are grateful to have advances in COVID treatments nowadays. There are a few different antiviral drug treatments that were recently approved to help minimize symptoms and help you feel better quicker. They can be administered intravenously or in a pill form. Stop by for a quick COVID-19 rapid test as soon as you start experiencing symptoms!
Current COVID-19 Symptoms to Watch For
- Sudden fever
- Persistent cough
- Shortness of breath
- Fatigue or muscle aches
How Can I Avoid COVID-19 This Year?
The social distancing recommendations are still the same, so be cautious of large crowds or group gatherings, and certainly avoid contact with anyone who is sick. Wash your hands often and cover your cough or sneeze.
And of course, get vaccinated! The COVID-19 vaccine is available to anyone 6 months and older, and you should keep up to date with any available boosters ahead of the fall and winter season. The latest boosters will be available beginning in late September or October. Give yourself the protection you and your family deserve.
Signs of a Serious COVID-19 Infection
- Respiratory distress
- Persistent chest pain or pressure
- Pale, gray or blue-colored skin and lips
Feeling ill? Stop by for a COVID-19 rapid test at AFC Urgent Care Monroe Road.