‘Tis the Season for Colds, Flu, and Covid

Stephanie Chong

As we move into cooler temperatures, cold and flu season, and holiday gatherings, we are reminded that Covid is still with us. Here are some tips and resources to stay healthy.

Feeling under the weather? This handy chart from the National Institute of Health (NIH) can help decode your symptoms. (See sidebar) Call your medical provider for advice on treatment options.

Get Tested. What might feel like a common case of the sniffles could be something more serious. An NNV member recently reminded us of the importance of getting tested. She decided to take a Covid test after a few days of feeling like she had a cold and was surprised to learn she has tested positive for the virus.

The Ward 3 Covid Center and some DC Public Libraries offers free Covid tests. Click here for more information. Medicare Part B recipients can get up to eight free at-home Covid tests per month at participating pharmacies, including CVS and Giant.

How long should you quarantine? If you have been exposed, feel sick, or have Covid, the CDC has a fantastic Isolation and Exposure Calculator that can help determine quarantine length and other precautions that you should take.You can check it out by clicking here.

Get Vaccinated for Covid and the Flu. If you haven't received your most recent booster, now is the time! The Ward 3 Covid Center is open for business. Click here for their daily operating schedule. Most local pharmacies also have the vaccine.

Flu season has arrived early. If you haven’t gotten your flu shot yet, don’t delay! The Ward 3 Covid Center offers both the flu shot and Covid vaccines. You can even get them at the same time! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a high-dose flu vaccine for adults 65 years and over. Ask your doctor what is right for you. Note: if you want the high-dose flu shot, you’ll likely need to see your doctor. The DC Covid Centers do not carry it.

Volunteers are available to provide rides to Full Members to and from vaccine sites and to pick up and deliver Covid tests. Please call 202-935-6060 or email info@nnvdc.org with your requests.

Be Safe. A reminder to our members and volunteers, please continue to wear masks when volunteering or gathering with other members and volunteers. Masks, testing, and vaccinations are still our best defense. As always, please refrain from volunteering, requesting services, or attending in-person Village events if you feel sick.

We wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season!

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