You may not have picked up on it yet. But the folks in charge of mainstream messaging for the coronavirus have taken the opportunity to push a favorite obsession.
They slip this little tidbit into the rest of their coronavirus advice and hope you won’t notice it.
Sure, they freely admit there’s no cure or treatment for the COVID-19 coronavirus that has much of the nation on edge right now.
They’ll urge you to stay in. Good!
And they will suggest you keep your distance from others when you do go out. Excellent advice!
Plus, they’ll insist you wash your hands to the point of obsession. Absolutely, I couldn’t agree more!
But then they will add “go get your flu shot” to the list. Heck, it’s even atop the New York Times website with the latest info on fighting coronavirus.
The mainstream admits the flu shot CAN’T help with this infection. But in the same breath, they still insist that it’s vital that you go get one anyway.
But that advice could turn out to be DANGEROUS and IRRESPONSIBLE. And I’ll explain why.
How the new flu-shot push could hurt patients
If you’re sick and need to see a doctor, then, by all means, get yourself over to the clinic or hospital ASAP. But if it’s not urgent, call first. Because they may have special instructions given the current conditions.
What ARE those current conditions?
Well, medical offices and hospitals are being flooded right now. They’re starting to look more like MASH units than clinics.
And if you’re NOT sick… if you’re healthy, or at the very least not urgently ill… that means those clinics are likely the last place in the world you want to be.
Especially since most are filled to capacity with two kinds of patients right now…
- People WITH coronavirus
- People who THINK they have coronavirus
You don’t want to be NEAR either of them.
For obvious reasons folks in the first group should be avoided at all costs right now. And the second group will include people with colds, flu, and everything else. And trust me, you don’t want to be around those folks right now, either.
Check with your doc BEFORE heading out for a shot
Canceling or postponing all non-urgent medical care, with your doctor’s permission, of course, is likely the best option.
They might even be calling you to make those arrangements if the only thing you’re due for is a standard blood panel, BP check, or flu shot. In fact, I’ve had two of my own non-urgent visits canceled this week due to the coronavirus.
You certainly don’t want to be walking into a clinic seeking a flu shot right now simply because the New York Times thinks it’s a nice thing to have.
This doesn’t mean you should never get a flu shot, of course. That’s a decision for you and your doctor to make each year based on the best available information at the time.
But what this DOES mean is that if you haven’t had one already, this is likely NOT the best time to go out and get it. Instead, you should be hunkering down to avoid exposing yourself to the virus. So be sure to check with your own doctor before you go.