Lung Health — Cold or Flu?
March Health Focus: Week 3
When you’re suffering from nasal congestion and fatigue, it can be tough to figure out whether you have a cold or something more serious like the flu. The annual flu vaccine is a preventive measure you can take to reduce your chances of getting the flu.
In recent years we’ve seen a new virus, COVID-19, that is spread from person to person. The scientific community is still learning about the disease and its mutations or variants and establishing new guidelines.
The overuse of antibiotics occurs when antibiotics are given for viruses. When antibiotics are over-prescribed, it leads to the growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Since the flu is a viral infection, antibiotics is not the right treatment, yet many people are prescribed antibiotics when they get the flu.
Outside of healthcare settings, there is no evidence that the ingredients in antimicrobial or antibacterial soaps have any benefit and may have helped fuel the rise in bacteria resistant to antibiotics.
When soap is not available, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer is the next best thing at preventing colds, foodborne illness, and other infections.
Cook up some soup to share!