As experts express concern about a potential second wave of coronavirus cases, some doctors are urging the public to take one simple step to beat COVID-19 this fall.
The race to a vaccine is ongoing around the world, but there is another way that people can manage the spread of the deadly virus, according to some physicians.
Writing for ABC News, LA-based physician Dr. Atul Nakhasi said that merely getting the flu shot is our best chance against the nightmarish "worst fall" in public health history.
According to Nakhasi, flu shots are an essential first step in slowing the spread, and many health experts are urging as many people as possible to get these vaccines to help with the pandemic.
While the flu shot won't protect those vaccinated against the coronavirus, it could prevent those who receive it from getting seriously ill with both the flu and coronavirus.
The doctor shared that if Americans improved flu shot rates by just 5%, the CDC estimates we would avoid nearly 483,000 flu infections.
According to the CDC, the best time to get a flu shot is in September or October. Because the shot lasts around six months, this will ensure that your shot covers you for the duration of flu season.
While it may not be ideal to go out to get the flu shot amid the coronavirus pandemic, proper precautions such as wearing a face mask, washing your hands, and practicing social distancing should keep you safe from the coronavirus, allowing you to receive your flu shot safely.
Experts say this year's flu season is impossible to predict. Health officials have studied Australia - where the flu season is from June to August - and noted that it was exceptionally mild, likely due to the large numbers of people staying home to avoid the coronavirus pandemic.