With the days shortening and the temperature dropping, there’s no denying it: winter is coming. And with winter, comes the inevitable reemergence of coughs, sniffles and sneezes.
Of course, we still have Covid-19 to contend with, and with many people heading back to the office (along with kids going back to school), we all need to make sure we’re doing everything we can – more than ever before – to stay healthy over the coming months. Which is why we’ve partnered with ZoomDoc, a platform with over 500 GPs across the country that offers online consultations, as well as several health tests tailored for both men and women, to provide our members with weekly, on-site health clinics, ensuring they feel supported in their health as they return to our work spaces.
With that in mind, we spoke with Dr Kenny Livingstone, ZoomDoc’s chief medical officer, to find out how to give yourself a health boost this coming season.
If you haven’t already, make sure you get your Covid vaccinations, both of them, as soon as possible. “The difficulty is that the population hasn’t been mixing much the past year-and-a-half, and now that we are all mixing, we’re going to have a convergence of normal coughs, colds and regular influenza,” says Dr Livingstone. “We’re not going to be able to determine, initially, what you have. The most important thing is protecting yourself – especially from the delta variant – so having the Covid vaccinations will provide herd immunity and reduce the risks for all of us.”
According to Dr Livingstone, this also goes for the flu vaccine, something typically reserved for the elderly. By vaccinating yourself – and your kids if you have any – you’ll be protecting yourself from potentially falling ill with flu and Covid at the same time, and help to protect our healthcare system too in the process. Vaccinated people are much less likely to require medical attention if they catch either virus.