WVU Medicine Experts: Tips for Staying Healthy This Winter

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Not only is staying out of the cold during the winter months important, but staying out of the cold is also important.

Experts from WVU Medicine have said that there are dozens of viruses that cause the common cold. Symptoms of the common cold are cough, sore throat, fever, and muscle pain, which are similar to COVID-19.

WVU Medicine logo at Ruby Memorial Hospital (Image WBOY)

Owen Lander, medical director of the emergency department at the WVU Medicine Ruby Memorial, told the home there was not much of a way to decipher between a cold and Covid-19. A Covid-19 test is the best way to get a sure diagnosis.

General practices for avoiding getting sick with a cold are similar to the Covid-19 guidelines. Wash hands, wear a mask and avoid sick people.

Along with basic cold remedies, Lander said taking care of yourself is something people don’t think about when it comes to avoiding colds.

Drugstore shelves for allergy and cold medications (Nexstar Media Wire)

“Good sleep hygiene, sleep well every night, be rested, do a good amount of activity for the rest of our life, eat well,” Lander said. “All of these basically feed the military which is our immune system that helps protect us so that we are less likely to get sick and when we catch a cold or something that tends to be less severe and last less. long time.”

If you feel like something is happening, take a break to rest and let your body recover.

Even though flu rates were lower last year, Lander has encouraged people to get the flu shot this season.

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