Parish Nurse Wellness Tip
December is here and snow has fallen. Life has started to look a little more “normal” with most people out of their homes without masks and businesses functioning yet in need of workers. I thought I would write this month about the “triple threat” (RSV, COVID-19, and Flu) that is happening now that we are out without masks and we are spending more time indoors.
Respiratory syncytial virus is a virus that causes infections of the lungs and respiratory tract. Often children have been infected before the age of 2 years but because of COVID-19, they were not exposed and now many are ill with this virus with a large number of children being hospitalized. To learn more, go to the link below. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/respiratory-syncytial-virus/symptoms-causes/syc-20353098
COVID-19 has now become an Omicron variant and has been less likely to cause hospitalization or severe illness if you have been vaccinated. Go to the link below to learn more. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/variants/index.html
Flu is a virus that comes along every year at this time. It is very important to get your flu vaccine now so that if you do get the flu, it will be less likely that you will get a severe case or you will need to be hospitalized. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/prevention.htm
Tips to help prevent illness and stay healthy:
· Wash your hands often and remember it takes at least 20 seconds of scrubbing with soap.
· Sneeze or cough into your bent arm not into your hands
· Eat a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, grains and proteins
· Get plenty of exercise each day
· Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day
· If in a crowded indoor area wear your mask
· Stay home if you are sick and avoid sick people
· Clean and disinfect surfaces
Have a Merry Christmas and I pray for all to stay well!
Dana Topliff MPA, BSN, RN