How to Stay One Step Ahead During Cold and Flu Season—Because No One Wants to Catch Something Right Now
Doctors break down ways to prevent catching a cold or the flu during peak infection months.
Autumn is well underway, and while it brings with it hot apple cider, holiday excitement, and cozy sweaters, it also signals the beginning of cold and flu season. With the coronavirus adding a simultaneous health concern this year, it's extra important to do what you can to safeguard against the common cold and influenza (or flu) viruses. "We know that co-infection with flu and COVID-19 is possible, and that such a co-infection will be a nasty combination," says Carmen Teague, MD, the specialty medical director of internal medicine at Atrium Health. Yes, getting sick is the worst, but what's more, the fewer flu patients this year, the less strain on healthcare systems working hard to treat and fight COVID-19. So staying healthy is a double win. Here's what you and your family should know to stay one step ahead of seasonal cold and flu viruses, which typically peak during cold-weather months.