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County Health Departments Releases Guidelines for Respiratory Viruses


The Cortland County Health Department has released streamlined recommendations towards all respiratory viruses county residents should consider. Those respiratory viruses include the Flu, COVID-19, and RSV. The new recommendations are designated to lower health risks from the viruses mentioned above.

The recommendations include residents staying up to date on immunization, practicing good hygiene, and taking steps for cleaner air. Prevention recommendations to take if you or someone may have a respiratory illness include: staying at home, only returning to normal activities 24 hours after your symptoms have improved and do not have a fever, seek healtcare if you are considered high risk.

The Health Department also recommends when residents do go back to normal activities to take prevention steps for 5 days such as good hygiene, cleaner air, masks, physical distancing, and testing.

“The new CDC guidance on respiratory viruses reflects that the threat from COVID-19 is not what it was two or three years ago. While it is still widespread, it is more like any other cold or respiratory virus for most people. COVID-19 can still kill people who are elderly, have weakened immune systems, severe lung or heart disease, or are severely overweight. People with one of those conditions should consider wearing a mask when respiratory infections are common in the community or if they are around people who are sick.”

Stated Cortland County Medical Consultant Douglas MacQueen, MD, MS, FIDSA.

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