TIPS FROM Montefiore Nyack Hospital
HOW TO BEAT VIRAL INFECTIONS THIS WINTER
KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DEALING WITH
Develop Slowly | Last 7-10 Days
Runny or Stuffy Nose
Shared symptoms are
Mild with a Cold and
Severe with the Flu
Sudden Onset | Last Up To 2 Weeks
Chills and Sweats
Loss of Appetite
Fever Above 102° F
HOW TO TREAT AND RELIEVE SHARED SYMPTOMS
GET Plenty of RestRest helps your body to recover.
Reduce activity—don't overwork yourself.
Drink FluidsIntake lots of water or caffeine-free
tea. Avoid alcohol and caffeine.
TAKE A Decongestant or AntihistamineYou may use either, or a combination
of the two, to help treat congestion.
TREAT A COLD
WASH HANDSScrub for at least 20 seconds with soap to reduce the spread of germs.
Gargle with Salt WaterDissolve a half teaspoon of salt into a glass of warm water and gargle to help relieve a sore throat.
TREAT THE FLU
STAY HOMEUntil your symptoms are gone, stay home to prevent spreading the virus to others.
Antiviral MedicationYour doctor may prescribe medicine, especially if you are high risk for complications.
HIGH RISK fOR COMPLICATIONS?Young children, the elderly, pregnant women, and individuals with underlying medical conditions are considered high risk. See your doctor immediately
if you have symptoms!