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Protect yourself from the flu

As news reports last week indicated Ohio has at least two confirmed cases of the Wuhan strain of coronavirus, most health officials urged calm — and suggested the virus that has so far killed approximately 170 people is not the killer that should have our attention.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 8,200 people have died already this 2019-20 season … from the flu. At least 14,000 people have been hospitalized with regular old influenza so far this season. Back in the 2017-18 flu season, 61,000 people died, according to the CDC.

Certainly we know local schools are seeing a spike in flu (and other illnesses) at the moment. And local health departments are urging a little common sense as a better approach than panic over a novel strain of the coronavirus.

Get a flu shot. It’s not too late.

Wash your hands often with warm, soapy water; pay attention to the surfaces you are touching in public … or in shared workspaces or classrooms.

And, if you are sick — particularly with a fever — do your part to stop the spread. Stay home.

Sure, this new version of the coronavirus is scary. So is influenza.

Take it seriously, and do what you can to stop it.

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