CHEYENNE, Wyo. (PRESS RELEASE) -As fall and winter approach, the prevalence of respiratory illnesses is on the rise. Cases of the flu, COVID-19, pneumonia and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) are all expected to increase over the coming months, bringing with them an array of unpleasant symptoms — such as a cough, fever, runny nose and difficulty breathing — and, in serious cases, can lead to further health complications and even death. However, there are methods of preventing these infections.

“There tends to be a spike in cases of the flu, as well as other airborne illnesses, during the colder months,” says Kasandra Moloney, operations chief for American Medical Response (AMR) Cheyenne. “AMR is dedicated to helping communities remain healthy during this period.”

AMR encourages Laramie County residents to keep the following tips in mind to stay safe and healthy as flu season approaches.

  • Get vaccinated. Vaccination is the most effective way to protect against the flu, COVID-19, pneumonia and RSV. While the flu, COVID-19 and RSV are caused by one specific virus, there are multiple viruses that can lead to pneumonia. Ask a doctor or medical professional about which vaccinations are most appropriate to get.
  • Wash your hands. Cleaning your hands regularly is a good way to avoid ingesting germs that may cause sickness. Use soap and warm water, and wash for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover your mouth and nose. The flu, COVID-19, RSV and viruses that cause pneumonia can all spread via droplets released when an infected person sneezes, coughs or talks. Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow whenever coughing or sneezing, or wear a mask to avoid infecting those around you.
  • Stay home if you are sick. To avoid spreading viruses to others, stay home if you are sick with the flu, COVID-19, RSV or pneumonia. Reducing the spread of these illnesses helps improve the collective health of the entire community.

AMR strives to promote and protect health and safety in the communities they serve. For more information on flu season, COVID-19, pneumonia and RSV, visit cdc.gov.

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About American Medical Response (AMR)

American Medical Response, Inc., America’s leading provider of emergency medical services, provides mobile healthcare in 40 states and the District of Columbia. More than 28,000 AMR paramedics, EMTs, RNs and other professionals work together to care for more than 4.8 million patients nationwide each year in critical, emergency and non-emergency situations. For more information about AMR, visit www.amr.net and follow American Medical Response on Facebook @AMR_Social on Twitter and Instagram.

AMR is part of Global Medical Response. With nearly 38,000 team members, Global Medical Response delivers compassionate, quality medical care, primarily in the areas of emergency medical services and patient relocation services in the United States and around the world. GMR was formed by combining the industry leaders in air, ground, mobile healthcare services, and community, industrial/specialty and wildland fire services. For additional information, visit us on LinkedIn or at www.GlobalMedicalResponse.com.

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