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[Phys-L] coronavirus preparedness

Public service announcement: Tell all your peeps:

*Get a flu shot NOW if you haven't already.*

Flu and coronavirus symptoms are similar. Confusion is not helpful.

Flu vaccine will not protect against coronavirus per_se, but it will keep you from being a burden on diagnostic and treatment facilities.

Also, it will keep you from getting quarantined while they figure out what you have and what you don't have.

Furthermore, coronavirus on top of flu will almost certainly kill you.

Don't panic. This is nowhere near the worst-case scenario. However, it is bad, and nobody really knows how bad it is. So prepare now.
-- Frequently washing your hands helps.
-- Staying home if you're feeling sick helps.
-- Getting a flu shot helps.
A vaccine administered now takes a couple of weeks to become effective.
If you wait until you're sure you need it, it's too late.

Shop around. Ask for a "quadrivalent" flu shot. Quadrivalent is better if they guessed wrong about which strains of flu to include in the trivalent vaccine.

If you're over 65 or have chronic health issues, ask for "high-dose quadrivalent." It exists, but not everybody carries it. If they ask you to choose high-dose "OR" quadrivalent, say no and keep shopping around.