4 Tips to Stay Healthy This Winter: These tried and true strategies are still the best!

4 Tips to Stay Healthy This Winter: These tried and true strategies are still the best!

Staying healthy and preventing illness is always a priority during the winter, but with the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important this year than ever.

“Although COVID-19 has created an additional threat to our health, the good news is the usual strategies we recommend every year are still the best way to prevent illness,” says Dr. Rhett Cummings of The Oregon Clinic Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine.

Keep Practicing Good Hygiene

Double down on the good hygiene habits you’ve been practicing since the beginning of the pandemic:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly or use sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available.
  • Avoid touching eyes, mouth or nose.
  • Cover your cough and sneezes.
  • Stay home if you have a fever or other symptoms.
  • Disinfect heavily used surfaces (light switches, doorknobs, etc.).

Get Your Flu Shot

Even if you don’t regularly get a shot, get one this year. A bad flu season with many hospitalizations, combined with COVID-19, could overburden hospitals.

“Getting vaccinated greatly reduces your chance of severe illness if you become infected with the flu virus. Also, having a co-infection with COVID-19 along with influenza will lead to a more prolonged and serious sickness,” says Dr. Cummings.

Don’t Skip Doctor Visits

Your healthcare is important, so get care early while issues are treatable and are less serious. If you avoid routine screenings and checkups, you might put yourself at a higher risk for health issues later.

Doctors’ offices have extra measures in place to keep patients safe. The Oregon Clinic has many protocols in place to make clinics as safe as possible, and we offer virtual visits to meet with your physician safely from home using a phone, tablet or computer.

Build Healthy Habits

Eating healthy and exercising not only strengthen your immune system but also boost your mental health. Building these good habits will help fight disease now and benefit your body for years to come. Eat lots of nutrient-rich fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, find a way to move your body that you enjoy and do it regularly, and try get 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night.

The Oregon Clinic also offers virtual visits (a video appointment with a doctor). Please call to determine whether your appointment can be a virtual visit: 503-935-8000. Find out more at www.oregonclinic.com.