TOMAH, Wis. (WKBT) — Tomah Well being has but to see a single case of influenza throughout this flu season, it reported Friday.
Throughout a typical 12 months, Tomah Well being has recorded its first case of influenza in January. Nevertheless, this 12 months it’s a totally different story. “Our Laboratory Companies has reported no inpatient or outpatient optimistic influenza or RSV exams because the season started October 1, 2020,” Tomah Well being An infection Prevention practitioner Josephine Piper mentioned. “In my over 40 years as a nurse I’ve by no means seen such low influenza exercise.”
Piper credit efforts to safeguard in opposition to COVID-19 with the downturn in flu instances. COVID-19 appears to unfold extra simply than flu and causes critical sicknesses in some folks, she mentioned.
“I feel it’s truthful to say that the issues we’re doing to keep away from spreading coronavirus, like good hand hygiene, acceptable cough etiquette, masking, social distancing and staying house if you’re unwell, are contributing enormously to a lower of influenza-like sicknesses,” Piper mentioned.
Whereas COVID and the flu can have totally different levels of severity, Piper mentioned there are signs widespread for each which is likely to be contributing to this 12 months’s consequence.
“Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or issue respiration, tiredness, sore throat, runny nostril, aches or headache are widespread signs,” Piper defined. “Due to these similarities, it might be onerous to inform the distinction between them primarily based on signs alone, so testing could also be wanted to assist verify a prognosis,” she mentioned.
Regardless of the low flu an infection price, Piper mentioned it’s not too late to get a flu shot. She additionally urged continued good well being hygiene. “Good hygiene consists of washing fingers with cleaning soap and water for not less than 20 seconds and keep away from touching your face or masks, particularly in public,” she defined. “At all times do not forget that if you’re sick, make sure you get loads of relaxation, keep hydrated and keep house. If signs worsen, contact your healthcare supplier,” Piper added. “Whereas the influenza season can final into late Could and traditionally peaks in February, we hope the present tread will proceed and it’ll stay a quiet 12 months for instances of the flu.”
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