This week is International Infection Prevention Week. Each of us plays an important role in protecting our communities.
With several large gatherings and numerous visitors in the Austin–Travis County area, APH urges you to celebrate safely and take preventive measures. If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, flu or monkeypox, you should get tested and stay home to prevent spreading the virus to others. Additional ways to protect from all three viruses:
Be aware of symptoms:
- Being fully clothed and avoiding skin-to-skin contact with strangers
- Avoiding close contact, which includes sharing items like drinks and blankets
- Washing your hands and using hand sanitation often
- Practicing social distancing while around large groups
- Wearing well-fitting masks in close quarters, when social distancing isn’t possible, to reduce sharing mouth/nasal fluids
- COVID-19: Fever, cough, fatigue, sore throat, shortness of breath, congestion/runny nose, headache and muscle aches, and loss of taste/smell
- Flu: Fever, cough, fatigue, sore throat, congestion/runny nose, headache and muscle aches
- Monkeypox: Along with rash, symptoms include fever, headache and muscle aches, chills, and swollen lymph nodes.
- Staying home if you feel sick or experience any symptoms
Testing before and after attending gatherings will help you make informed decisions. COVID-19 PCR and rapid antigen (at-home) tests are available through APH as well as local pharmacies. Flu tests are available at local pharmacies and doctors’ offices. Testing for monkeypox is available through healthcare providers.
The CDC has a website to help you find COVID-19 vaccine and flu vaccine providers near you. Monkeypox vaccines are currently limited to those who are at risk for the virus. Complete this form to determine if you are eligible for a monkeypox vaccine.
For more information about how to stay safe, visit the Austin–Travis County COVID-19/Monkeypox Safety Guide for Venues and Special Events.