The holiday season brings joy, festivities, and cherished moments spent with loved ones. During the busy shopping, decorating, and festivities, ensuring your health becomes crucial to enjoy these cherished moments. And in the face of challenges posed by both COVID-19 and the flu season, we need to be proactive and take preventive measures. Let's explore some essential health tips to ensure a secure and merry Christmas.
Minimize the risk of catching the flu and COVID-19
The holiday season coincides with the cold and flu season, and there has also been an increase in COVID-19 cases from December 5 to 11, marking a 36% increase compared to the infections logged from November 28 to December 4.
COVID-19 and influenza (flu) are both infectious respiratory diseases, and they share some similar symptoms, including cough, runny nose, sore throat, fever, headache, and fatigue. People may have varying levels of illness with both COVID-19 and influenza. Some may have no symptoms, mild symptoms, or severe disease.
Both COVID-19 and influenza are transmitted through droplets and aerosols released when an infected person coughs, sneezes, speaks, sings, or breathes. These particles can land in the eyes, nose, or mouth of individuals nearby. Additionally, infection can occur if one touches contaminated surfaces and subsequently touches their eyes, nose, or mouth without proper hand hygiene.
Here are some simple ways to protect you and your loved ones against COVID-19 and influenza:
Frequent Handwashing: Practice regular hand hygiene, and wash hands thoroughly with soap and water or using alcohol-based sanitizers.
Social Distancing & Masks: Maintain social distancing and wear masks in crowded or enclosed spaces, protecting both yourself and others.
Get Vaccinated: Consider getting an annual flu vaccine for additional protection. COVID-19 vaccines are safe for most people aged 18 and older, including those with any kind of pre-existing conditions, including autoimmune disorders.
Avoid Close Contact: Steer clear of close contact with individuals showing symptoms of flu or even COVID-19.
Stay Home If Sick: If feeling unwell, prioritize rest and stay home from work or school to prevent potential spread.
Cough Etiquette: Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
Sip & Celebrate Responsibly
Alcohol often plays a role in holiday festivities. If you choose to indulge, do so in moderation. Consider alternating alcoholic drinks with water or non-alcoholic options to stay hydrated and avoid excessive alcohol consumption.
Importantly, never drink and drive! Prioritize your safety and that of others on the road by planning alternative transportation or designated drivers to get home safely.
Savor a Balanced Diet & Stay Active
Indulging in seasonal treats is part of the joy, but maintaining a balanced diet is equally important. Ensure your meals include nourishing options that sustain energy levels and boost your immune system. Don’t forget to integrate:
Fruits and Vegetables: Incorporate these into your holiday meals for added nutrients.
Hydration: Drink ample water to stay hydrated, especially if consuming alcohol or salty foods.
Physical Activity: Participating in activities such as a brisk walk, a workout session, or some stretching helps in maintaining energy balance and lessening the impact of extra holiday calories. Regular engagement in physical activity also enhances mood and diminishes stress levels.
Prioritize Restful Sleep
The excitement and late-night gatherings during the holidays can disrupt sleep patterns. Quality sleep is a precious gift you can give yourself. Create a sleep-friendly environment, establish a consistent bedtime routine, and prioritize adequate rest to ensure you wake up refreshed and ready to embrace each day of the holiday season with vitality and enthusiasm.
Let's not forget to prioritize our health as we engage in celebrations and festivities. By adopting these simple health tips, we can ensure a safe, joyous, and memorable Christmas celebration! If you need medical guidance, treatment, or prescription refills during this holiday season, Doctor Anywhere is here for you. Our general practitioners are available online 24/7 on-demand or by appointment, even on holidays. Plus, with the convenience of in-app medication purchase after your consultation, you can have your prescribed medications delivered right to your doorstep. It's a hassle-free way to take care of your health without leaving the comfort of your home during the Christmas rush. ✨