Lung Health — Cold or Flu? 

March Health Focus: Week 3

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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. 

 

Determining Whether You Have a Cold or the Flu 

Overview of Influenza 

 

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. 

 

COVID-19: Overview, Symptoms, and Prevention 

 

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. 

 

Misuse of Antibiotics for Nonbacterial Respiratory Infections 

 

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.   

 

Beware of Bacterial Soaps 

 

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! 

Neoclassic Corn Chowder 

Caldo Verde 

Dilled Potato-Leek Soup 

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