SAMI-Aid’s Tips on Mitigating Your Risks During the 2019-2020 Flu Season
Just How Bad Is This Year’s Flu?
The 2019-20 flu season is now in full swing, and it's looking to be either the worst or second-worst season of the past decade, slightly trailing the very severe 2017-18 season and significantly beating the worse-than-average 2018-19 season. After remaining unusually high throughout December then decreasing in early January, as of late January the CDC reported flu activity to be on the rise.
How to Track Flu Activity in Your State
The CDC compiles reports on flu activity from state health departments and posts regular updates on its website, so you can check the prevalence and severity of flu-like activity in your state. One key indicator used to estimate the severity and prevalence of the flu is the percentage of hospitalizations that are due to influenza-like illness (ILI). As of this writing, ILI activity was reported as high in 46 states, moderate in 2 states plus D.C., and low in 2 states. The prevalence of the flu was reported as “widespread” in 48 states, with Oregon, Hawaii, and D.C. being the only exceptions. Health officials are concerned that this flu season could be the worst in years.
SAMI-Aid's Top 7 Tips on Flu Prevention
Here's a quick overview of physicians’ top recommendations on mitigating your risks during flu season:
- Get an annual flu shot.
- Practice healthy habits and preventative care to avoid catching the flu.
- Wash or sanitize your hands often (but not constantly, to avoid dry skin).
- Cover coughs and sneezes, use tissues, and face away from other people.
- Shower and change your clothes often if necessary.
- Stay home if possible, if you are already sick with the flu.
- See a doctor if necessary (hint: you can see a doctor from home).
Telemedicine and Online Prescriptions Are the Wave of the Future
Only around 10% of Americans have used telemedicine services, but 74% of those have had their health care concerns resolved during their first visit. According to the Journal of Urgent Care Medicine, telemedicine's increased accessibility and lower costs are saving some patients' lives. We've explained the process, the pros and cons of telemedicine, and some of the conditions most commonly treated via telemedicine here: What Symptoms Can SAMI-Aid Doctors Treat Via Telemedicine?
Through brief phone or video consultations, doctors can easily provide advice, treatment, and even prescriptions which may be sent to a patient’s local pharmacy the same day. We recommend accepting online prescriptions only from thoroughly vetted, board-certified doctors such as those accessible through SAMI-Aid. To read more about what ailments can be treated and what medications can be prescribed via telemedicine, click here: How to Get a Prescription Online.
Get Affordable Flu Treatment from Home
Flu cases may be up this year, but we aim to bring untreated flu cases down by 100%. We're starting by lowering costs so that healthcare can be affordable for everyone. If you or a family member is sick with the flu, you can schedule a visit with one of our doctors for only $59.99, a tiny fraction of the cost of most in-person visits. Appointments can be scheduled 24/7 either at a time convenient for you or ASAP, generally within 15 to 60 minutes. SAMI-Aid doctors are licensed in every U.S. state and will be prepared for your unique situation.