If you’ve been sneezing, coughing or sniffling lately, you’re not alone.
Doctors in South Florida say they’ve seen an increase in cases of the flu and even the common cold.
And, in a way, COVID-19 is to blame.
“Because we’ve been secluded and had less exposure, and now all of a sudden we’re out there in the world again,” Dr. Larry Bush, an infectious disease doctor in West Palm Beach.
Compare right now to this time last year.
Most people were wearing a mask and staying socially distant.
That didn’t just help curb the spread of COVID-19, it also helped curb the spread of other diseases.
Now, with far fewer masks and far less social distancing, people are vulnerable again to more common viruses.
“Anywhere you have a bunch of people sitting together, you’re more likely to see these outbreaks,” said Dr. Olayemi Osiyemi, an infectious disease doctor in West Palm Beach.
Osiyemi said another concern is the lack of people getting a flu vaccine.
He believes people have been so focused on the COVID-19 vaccine that fewer people are paying attention to the flu.
He said that will lead to a much more severe flu season.
He said the best way for people to protect themselves is to get the vaccine and wash your hands.
“Washing your hands is probably the most important advice we can give anybody,” Osiyemi said. “Because that’s how you carry germs, on your fingers or your hands and move it to somebody else.”
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