Cover your cough

Published 10:42 pm Friday, February 7, 2020

Worry not on if or when the coronavirus will find its way to Suffolk. By and large, that’s practically halfway around the world. The greater threats to health are already here.

To be sure, colds are an uncomfortable inconvenience, as a few employees here can readily testify. But influenza can be outright debilitating — and, let’s not sugar-coat it, deadly — especially for the very young or senior citizens.

If you haven’t already gotten your flu shot, experts say it’s not too late. Follow the adage that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure by making a doctor’s appointment first thing Monday to get a flu shot. You could also check if your pharmacy has any such vaccines available.

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In the meantime, practice basic hygiene of covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing. Frequently wash your hands for several moments after being contact with door knobs or handles or even other people. Consider keeping a supply of those disinfectant cloths around the office or home. Keep your hands away from your face, which can keep any germs that much further away from your mouth and nose. Get plenty of rest at home and eat well.

We won’t make promises that following those steps will absolutely guarantee you’ll be shielded from illness this or any other season, but they’re a good start.