How to Stay Safe this Winter

Accidents happen, and the chance of them occurring during the winter months is even higher. From flu season to black ice, walk-in clinics find the busiest months to run from autumn to the end of winter. With COVID-19 adding a layer to everything, it’s essential to take these precautions to keep you and your loved ones safe this winter season. Call one of our locations to find out more information on the patient services we offer throughout the winter.

Flu Season

Flu season hits its peak each year around January or February. The best way to protect yourself and others this flu season is by receiving a flu shot. Continue to stay safe by washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching your face or sharing any food or beverages with other people. If you do become sick with the flu, avoid contact with others. Disinfect all surfaces in your home that are frequently touched, such as doorknobs and countertops.

Physical Injury

Black ice and icy sidewalks can cause serious physical injury to yourself and others. It’s important to properly salt the sidewalks and driveway of your home to keep everyone safe. Without salted areas, the chance of slipping on ice and breaking a bone is much higher.

When driving, it’s essential to let your car defrost entirely before moving. This will help keep your vision at its best and can help prevent your vehicle from losing control on any black ice. Installing snow tires or all-weather tires will allow the car to have a better grip when driving over snow or ice. Always wear your seatbelt when in a moving vehicle, and try to keep your gas tank full to avoid frozen fuel lines.

COVID-19

COVID-19 is a prevalent topic for the entirety of 2020. It is especially important to focus on for the winter, however. With a second wave already happening and flu season about to begin, hospitals have the chance of becoming overcrowded. It’s important to know that the flu shot does not protect against COVID, and you can have both the flu and COVID at the same time.

The best way to protect yourself from COVID is by washing your hands, wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth, and social distancing 6 feet or more. The one way to know if you have COVID is by getting tested. Please schedule an appointment with us to get tested for COVID today.