UPMC doctors said on Tuesday that there is optimism among experts that flu season will be mild this year, but cautioned that everyone should get a flu vaccine and continue the Kovid-19 mitigation effort, such as masking and social disturbances.
Doctors emphasize that those mitigation efforts are the best defense against the Kovid-19 epidemic that is hitting scores across the country and the world. He said the likelihood of protective measures that sustain the Southern Hemisphere flu season, still reaching its end, is relatively low.
“If our community stays strong and continues to do what we need to do to stop Kovid-19, it may help reduce the effects of influenza and other viruses,” said Dr. Dylan, medical director of infection prevention . Graham Snyder said.
Doctors said the health system is working to expand both Kovid-19 and influenza, as well as to ensure that all providers know how to handle patients with upper respiratory symptoms.
Cinder said people with symptoms will be tested for one or both, depending on their individual circumstances and the prevalence of the flu. Emphasis will be on Kovid testing, when necessary.
He reiterated that optimism rests on the curriculum in the context of mitigation efforts for the public – in particular, masking and social distance.
The Chief Medical Officer of UPMC’s senior communities, Dr. David Ness said, “Anyone who says that masking doesn’t matter is wrong.”
On the livestream of the press conference, Ness put on his mask.
“Right now, this is your best protection,” he said. “This is the mask you should wear, because this, whether young or old, is your current commentary.”
He said that people who wear masks and get infected have less severe symptoms than those who get infected and do not wear masks.
President of Emergency Medicine Dr. Donald Yili spoke of the idea of applying a mask.
“It’s important to recognize that being uncomfortable with masks is dramatically different than masks that harm you,” he said. “The number of people who cannot afford a mask for medical reasons is exceptionally small.”
Yealy said that the Kovid-19 prevention guidance can answer any questions.
“If you follow the theory and understand those people, you can answer questions about school, about sporting events, about Halloween if you want,” he said. “It is exactly the same basic principle that will help keep everyone safe.
“The answer is not to drop the mask,” he said.
Snyder also talked about allowing sports fans to return to the stand.
“It all comes back to … masking and distancing,” he said. “Is it safe for people to participate in those sports events? It all depends on how well people can mask and distance those events. ”
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