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We now know that COVID-19 is here to stay for the foreseeable future. It’s important to understand how to live our lives while keeping ourselves, loved ones and community as safe as possible. How can we do that? By using all the tools we’ve learned so far: getting vaccinated and boosted, getting tested and staying home if sick or exposed, wearing a mask in crowds, and keeping our distance.
COVID-19 spreads when an infected person breathes out droplets and very small particles that contain the virus. These droplets and particles can be breathed in by other people or land on their eyes, noses, or mouth. In some circumstances, they may contaminate surfaces they touch.
Many viruses are constantly changing, including the virus that causes COVID-19. These changes occur over time and can lead to the emergence of variants that may have new characteristics, including different ways of spreading.
Anyone infected with COVID-19 can spread it, even if they do NOT have symptoms.
Individuals with underlying health conditions and of advanced age are particularly vulnerable to serious illness from the virus.
The following symptoms are consistent with COVID-19 and may be cause for heightened safety measures.
Seek medical care immediately if someone has emergency warning signs of COVID-19:
- Trouble breathing / Shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your healthcare provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
Local health jurisdictions do not report influenza cases. Washington State Dept. of Health has a weekly flu update here.
There were no flu deaths in our counties for the 2020-2021 flu season.
More information on influenza in our state can be found in the Influenza Surveillance Data from the Washington State Department of Health.
To avoid a twin-demic, everyone should consider the flu vaccine as essential this year. There is no shortage of flu vaccine. Vaccine can be received at your provider’s office and many local pharmacies.
For more information on flu, visit www.knockoutflu.org.