It sounds basic, but let’s just get it on the table – nobody wants to get sick. After about two years of managing through the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re all familiar with the symptoms to look out for: fever, chills, muscle aches, cough, congestion, runny nose, headaches, and fatigue.
Most of us have become hypersensitive as we monitor ourselves and our families for key indicators of potential illness. Except, now it’s not just coronavirus that we need to monitor. We’re entering cold and flu season and experts are warning that this year could be a difficult one.
There’s never a good time to get sick, but if there’s ever a time to avoid the flu it’s during a global pandemic. Even as we manage through the prolonged COVID pandemic, we are entering what many are referring to as a “Twindemic”, or spikes of influenza (the flu) and COVID-19 at the same time. And that means we need to continue to take extra precautions to protect ourselves and our families.
2021-2022 Cold & Flu Season
Although we’ve all spent the last two years dealing with COVID-19, the good news is that last year’s cold and flu season was essentially non-existent.
Because of precautions related to guarding against the coronavirus, including taking steps to boost your immune system, communities were able to stop the flu in its tracks. In fact, these steps were so effective that experts reported that a “few flu strains may have become extinct in human populations.”
As COVID-related restrictions have loosened and communities have returned to socializing, experts are predicting that the 2021 cold and flu season could be significantly worse than even a normal year. And although experts have tried, there’s no guaranteed way to predict how bad cold and flu season will be. However, there are a lot of doctors and scientists out there looking at indicators to help us prepare.
Some indicators from a couple of recent preliminary studies have predicted that the United States will see around 20% more flu cases during the 2021-2022 flu season than a normal year. And, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Reduced population immunity due to lack of flu virus activity since March 2020 could result in an early and possibly severe flu season.”
Regardless of which study you read or which experts you listen to, what’s clear is that we need to take proactive steps to protect ourselves from what could be an ugly “twindemic”.
Precautions Against Cold & Flu
It’s important for all of us to do what we can to protect ourselves and others against the cold and flu, as well as COVID-19. The CDC, among doctors and experts, have a list of these precautions to prevent contracting the cold and flu, including:
- Avoid close contact (social distancing): If you can, avoid coming in to contact with people who are or may be sick, and keep your distance from others when you are sick.
- Stay home: If you can, stay home from work and/or school when you are sick. This includes postponing errands or other tasks, which will help prevent spreading your illness.
- Cover your mouth and nose: Practice what we all learned in kindergarten – cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Flu viruses, including coronavirus, spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk.
- Wash your hands: Again, take a trip back to elementary school when we learned to wash our hands. Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth: You can protect yourself from infecting yourself. Germs can be spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Practice other good health habits: Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work, or school, especially when someone is ill.
Finally, these same experts recommend that you “get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.”
All of this amounts to ensuring you have a robust immune system to battle any illness you may be exposed to, and that’s where Replenish IV Solutions can help.
Replenish Your Body and Boost Your Immune System
The best way to avoid getting a cold or flu is to strengthen your immune system. We work with clients all year to help them proactively improve their health, but this time of the year is different.
Across Tampa Bay, we see more clients every year during cold and flu season as they either look to boost their immune system or battle the cold or flu they feel coming on. And let’s face it, with a cold or flu lasting anywhere from four days to two weeks, or longer, you need all the help you can get to get rid of that illness.
Through the Replenish IV therapy options, such as IV and Injection Therapy, we help clients with hydration and boosting their immune system with vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin C, Zinc, and D3, among others that help reduce the severity and duration of a cold or flu.
IV treatments, like the Refresher, which includes extra Vitamin C, Zinc, and D3, give your immune system the boost it needs to help fight back the flu. Or Injection Therapy can help your body quickly benefit from missing vitamins, including those necessary to help battle exposure to the cold and flu.
Our best recommendation is to listen to your body to determine what’s right for you. Anytime you can improve your hydration, vitamins, and minerals, including electrolytes (most people do not have the right hydration of water and electrolytes) your body has a much better chance of preventing or improving recovery.
The Replenish IV Experience
The Replenish IV Solutions team is here to help you find the right treatment for your body and lifestyle. We provide a variety of therapies to enhance a healthy and youthful lifestyle with four locations throughout Tampa and surrounding areas, including South Tampa, Carrollwood, Wesley Chapel, and Zephyrhills.
In addition to four locations around Tampa Bay, Replenish IV offers a 24/7 Concierge Service that brings the Replenish IV Solutions experience to you in the comfort of your own home, office, or hotel.