It has been discovered by the Alabama Department of Public Health that there is a significant amount of influenza activity all over the state. Dr. Rachael Lee of the University of Alabama at Birmingham suggests that people take precautions to avoid catching influenza in order to lessen the burden placed on healthcare systems.
As more people have been diagnosed with the seasonal flu over the past week, UAB Hospital, UAB Highlands, and other hospitals in Birmingham and Alabama are having trouble keeping enough beds open every day.
What is the burden on emergency rooms that mild flu symptoms place on them?
Epidemiologist Rachael Lee, M.D., of UAB Health Care recommends that patients who have mild flu or flu-like symptoms stay at home rather than go to the hospital in order to relieve some of the pressure on emergency rooms.
The majority of people who are only showing mild symptoms of the flu do not require medical attention at a hospital.
If you have symptoms of the flu, such as fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, and fatigue, you should call your primary care doctor or use UAB eMedicine to talk to a caregiver who can evaluate your condition and needs without you having to go to the emergency room or clinic.
How long should one anticipate waiting at the hospital?
One should always anticipate a lengthy wait time when going to the hospital, regardless of whether they are there for an urgent situation or to see a specialist.
Every single hospital and clinic in the region is acting in a manner that is appropriate to ensure that their patients receive the highest level of care that is practicable. This is a problem all over the world, not just in the area surrounding Birmingham.
Those who are experiencing any flu-like symptoms, regardless of how mild they may be, should stay home and avoid going to work, school, or social events.
Reduce Your Risk of Contracting the Flu
According to Lee, the public’s primary concern should be the prevention of influenza.
According to Lee, those who are sick or for whom the flu could be fatal should avoid being around other sick people as much as possible in order to reduce their risk of contracting the illness. This indicates that they shouldn’t go to locations where they could be exposed to the disease, spend time with sick members of their families, or let sick people into their homes.
In addition to this, they should wash their hands frequently and on their own volition. Taking preventative measures is unquestionably the best course of action.
The term “flu” just doesn’t seem appropriate here.
The influenza virus is the causative agent of the flu, which is a respiratory illness that is highly contagious. It has the potential to make you feel a little uneasy all the way up to killing you. The common cold is not the same as influenza. Most of the time, the flu will manifest itself quite suddenly.
These are some of the most common symptoms that someone is suffering from the flu, including:
- symptoms such as a temperature or chills
- Coughing and Throat Problems
- Stuffiness or drainage from the nasal passages
- Having trouble falling or staying asleep due to aching muscles or because your whole body hurts
- Fatigue, also known as being tired (tiredness),
- Children have a higher risk of experiencing both diarrhea and vomiting compared to adults.
These people are more likely to have serious problems directly caused by the flu:
- Preschoolers and children enrolled in the school (younger than 5, but especially younger than 2 years old)
- Those who are of a mature age (those aged 65 and up)
- Women Who Are Going to Have Babies Patients who are ill as a result of having HIV/AIDS, cancer, or a
- chronic lung disease such as asthma or diabetes
- Those who reside in nursing homes
You and the people who are important to you can take the following actions:
- You should get vaccinated against influenza if you have been alive for at least six months.
- When you need to sneeze or cough, you should use your elbows.
- Kindly wash your hands. Thank you.
- places to live and work that are not overcrowded and have a high standard of cleanliness.
- It is in everyone’s best interest to avoid spreading sickness to others by leaving a sick person at home to rest rather than going out in public.
- Avoid putting your hands anywhere near your face at any time.