Respiratory illnesses are on the rise here and across the nation, with the triple threat of flu, COVID-19 and Respiratory Syncytial Virus, or RSV. These viruses, while usually manageable, can lead to illness, hospitalizations or death, according to the NY State Departments of Health. The combination of the three diseases has led to limited availability of pediatric hospital beds across New York.
There are several simple steps that can be taken to help prevent the spread of these illnesses.
- Wash your hands often with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds, especially after touching commonly touched surfaces such as door knobs. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water isn’t available.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces often.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Don’t cough or sneeze into your hands; sneeze or cough into your elbow or into a disposable tissue.
- Stay at home while you are sick and keep children out of school or daycare while they are sick.