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Follow the World Health Organization's instructions to reduce your risk of infection:

1/ Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

2/ When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue - throw issue away immediately and wash hands.

3/ Avoid close contact with anyone that has fever and cough.

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As I’ve been saying for months, if we followed COVID-19 like precautions during flu seasons (wearing masks, social distancing, avoiding bars, restaurants and public transportation and switched to working and schooling from home) we can greatly reduce flu related deaths.

Covid-19 proved that many jobs can be done remotely — and that many non-essential businesses/jobs exist to serve the needs of people who can work remotely during flu months, which if they did, will reduce deaths of essential workers who cannot work from home, reduce pollution.

US could save 50,000 lives each year during flu season, especially in peak period (November - January) by shutting down non-essential businesses (retail, restaurants, bars) but business lobbyists will fight this, some will portray this as a new front on the “war on Christmas”.

Many are banking on an effective Covid-19 vaccine to emerge soon but we still don’t have 100% effective flu vaccines, especially for the elderly. In 2018, when US registered a record number of flu deaths, flu vaccine that year was only 36% effective.  https://www.discovermagazine.com/health/why-flu-vaccines-dont-work-as-well-in-the-elderly 

So even if by some miracle we are able to deploy an effective (50% or better) COVID-19 vaccine by 2022, we will need widespread changes and new restrictions to limit spread of flu and COVID-19 during flu season October - March), particularly in the northeast and colder regions.


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