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Well being officers advise following prevention protocols as respiratory an infection spreads – DC Information Now | Washington, DC

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (DC NEWS NOW) — Within the coronary heart of the vacation season, many people are gathering with household and buddies — and there’s greater than COVID going round.

It’s been a tough couple of years with public well being protocols. For the previous two years, many have been cautious about getting along with household and buddies over the vacations. This yr, it appears individuals have been able to return to “regular” — however officers remind us to train warning as respiratory sickness looms giant.

Danielle Stahl with the Washington County Well being Division mentioned, “As a lot as all of us would like to see COVID within the rearview mirror, we’re nonetheless in a time when COVID is spreading, RSV is spreading and the flu is spreading.”

Says Stahl, “it’s nonetheless vital to put on a masks and wash our fingers and get vaccinated.”

Greg Howe and his spouse are celebrating a marriage in Washington, D.C. this weekend. He mentioned his rule of thumb is that “once we’re out with giant teams of individuals, we are likely to put on masks — and we usually keep away from giant teams of individuals.”

Regardless of the perfect recommendation from medical consultants, there are nonetheless these immune to vaccines — and much more so in opposition to mandates that impose strict protocols.

Take Portia Lyall, for instance.

“COVID’s nonetheless right here,” she mentioned. “And the flu. And strep throat. I had a triple-max, however I survived, and I’m un-vaxed. I’ve no intention of being vaxed.

Well being officers say vaccinations can stop hospitalization for the flu, COVID and the respiratory syncytial (RSV) virus.

“My husband and I simply select to be un-vaxed,” Lyall mentioned.

Officers say mandates usually are not a part of on a regular basis life now like they have been within the peak of the pandemic however they nonetheless advocate taking precautions.

The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention say that within the metropolitan Washington, D.C> space Covid case numbers and hospitalizations have been trending up over the vacation season.

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