The weather is changing one minute it’s warm, then the next its’s cold. It’s getting dark at 5 o’clock and oh yeah flu season is here or just around the corner.
Flu case have been on the rise in Delaware as the seasons are changing.
According to the Division of Public Health, there was a six-fold increase in lab-confirmed cases of flu during the final week of October compared to the previous week. There have now been 254 positive cases, but hospitalizations related to flu remain low at 14.
Health officials also report that there have been 398 RSV cases reported. There is concern as well that three viruses are circulating at the same time: influenza, RSV and COVID-19.
According to Delaware Public Health, these steps can help to contain the spread of flu and other respiratory illnesses such as COVID-19 and RSV:
- 1. Get vaccinated for the flu, COVID-19, and other illnesses for which vaccines are available.
- 2. Stay home if sick.
- 3. Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and dispose of the tissue in a wastebasket afterward.
- 4. Wash hands frequently with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
- 5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- 6. Sanitize commonly touched surfaces more frequently during the fall and winter.
- 7 .Wear a mask when cases are high or if you are at higher risk for respiratory illness.
So make sure everyone is being healthy and following some of the instructions so we can limit the spread of all of these illnesses.