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Georgia sees high flu activity amid COVID-19 wave

Georgia sees high flu activity amid COVID-19 wave

The Centers for Disease Control is currently showing that the state of Georgia is hitting the “very high” spectrum for flu activity.

MACON, Go. – With the cold weather comes the flu.

We are in the midst of flu season and with COVID-19 still on the rise in the US, doctors are warning to stay safe as it hits its peak.

January is when the peak is reached, but doctors say that as cases increase in Georgia, the best first step to protecting yourself is by getting a flu shot.

dr. Harry Strothers at Atrium Health Navicent says patients have packed into doctors’ offices for many reasons.

“We see the flu, or the flu, we see COVID patients, or we see a combination of both,” Strothers said.

The Centers for Disease Control is currently showing that the state of Georgia is hitting the “very high” spectrum for flu activity.

With symptoms for COVID-19 and flu mirroring each other, Dr. Strothers that there’s only one way to tell.

“You really have to have a test to differentiate between the two,” he said.

Once you’ve tested and are positive for the flu, taking medication early can help you get over it faster.

Strothers explained: “There are medicines that you can take if you start within 3 days. It is better if you start within 2 days, but if you start within 2-3 days, the duration of the get the flu.”

Some of those medications, such as Ibuprofen for body aches, nasal sprays for congestion, and cough suppressants, can be prescribed or bought over the counter or over the counter at a pharmacy.

Strothers also says you’ve heard it before, but it’s still critical to follow the same social distancing advised to avoid COVID.

“I know it sounds repetitive, but it’s all the things we always say for flu as it is for COVID. You wear masks. If you cough, cough up your sleeve if you don’t have a mask on,” Strokers said. .

Ultimately, he recommends the vaccine as the first line of defense, saying, “It’s not too late to get the flu vaccine if you haven’t already gotten it.”

For children, children under the age of 5 are at risk for more complications from the flu.

Both the CDC and Dr. Strothers encourage flu vaccines. Those as young as 6 months can receive the annual dose.

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