Harris County Public Health Department said they don’t expect to see this amount of viruses for at least a month.
As the flu, COVID, and RSV increase across the country, once again putting a strain on the health care system, they advise you to know how to treat the viruses versus when to go to the ER.
When considered an emergency
“If we feel short of breath, struggling to breathe, especially with our little ones, if our little ones are dehydrated, they can’t keep anything down, especially liquids, and again they’re struggling to breathe, we absolutely want to get them checked out ,” Dr. Ericka Brown, local health authority, said.
In most cases, Brown said patients will recover at home within a week or two with either virus.
How can people treat these respiratory viruses at home?
“Managing the fever with Tylenol or Motrin will usually help, the key is to stay hydrated even if you’re not hungry because often we lose our appetite. It’s not necessary to eat, but it’s absolutely necessary to stay hydrated, and that’s the biggest concern for our little ones and our elderly population is to stay hydrated,” said Dr. Brown insisted.
Pediatric ENT specialists also encourage these home remedies
Nasal suction and saline solution
A humidifier – creating moist air can help to breathe better and reduce the amount of congestion and coughing
To prevent you from getting sick
Harris County Public Health recommends getting flu and COVID vaccines.
All COVID and flu vaccines are free at any county health website, which can be found here.
Stay home if you are sick and practice good hand hygiene.
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