Winter Virus Prevention
This Winter season, celebrate and gather in ways that limit the spread of respiratory viruses like respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), flu, and COVID-19. Follow these five tips to protect yourself and others from winter viruses:
Get Vaccinated, Boosted (and Treated) - Flu and COVID-19 vaccines continue to be your best defense to limit severe illness and death – and you can get both at the same time. If you test positive for COVID-19, contact your doctor or a test-to-treat site immediately to seek treatment. Treatments work best when started right after symptoms begin.
Stay Home if You're Sick and Test for COVID - Staying home when you're sick slows the spread of flu, RSV, and COVID-19. Remember to test for COVID and contact your doctor immediately if you're positive to discuss treatment options.
Wear a Mask - There is no vaccine for RSV, so wearing a mask can significantly slow the spread and protect babies and young children who do not yet have immunity and are too young to wear a mask themselves. Wearing a mask in indoor public places is a good way to limit the spread of germs.
Wash Your Hands - Frequent handwashing, with soap and warm water – for at least 20 seconds, is an easy and very effective way to prevent getting sick and spreading germs.
Cover Your Cough or Sneeze - Remember to cough or sneeze into your elbow, your arm, or a disposable tissue to help prevent the spread of winter viruses. Just make sure to wash your hands or sanitize and dispose of your tissue after.
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Stay Healthy this Winter: Tips to Protect Yourself and Family, featuring California State Epidemiologist Dr. Erica Pan, reminding Californians to stay healthy this Winter.
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California Surgeon General Dr. Diana Ramos shares information on RSV (respiratory syncytial virus), flu, and COVID-19 and tips for how to limit the spread in our families and communities.
La Dra. Diana Ramos, cirujana general de Salud Pública de California, comparte información sobre VSR (virus sincitial respiratorio), Gripe (Influenza), COVID-19 y consejos sobre cómo limitar la propagación en nuestras familias y comunidades.
Five Winter Virus Prevention Tips
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Winter virus season is here early, and pediatric hospitalizations are on the rise. This Winter and the holiday gathering season, help protect yourself and the vulnerable (especially young children and babies) from many circulating viruses, including the flu, COVID-19, and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV).
Take these measures to help keep yourself and those you love healthy and out of the hospital:
- Get vaccinated or boosted for COVID-19 and the Flu
- Stay home when you are sick
- Wear a mask
- Wash your hands
- Cover your cough or sneeze
Learn more: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/NR22-160.aspx