With the transition to fall driving people indoors, dealing with the pandemic could get more difficult. Summer and warmer temperatures have made it easier to social distance, dine outdoors, and socialize outside of people’s homes. With the fall coming, flu season, and lower temperatures here’s what you should keep in mind to stay safe in the pandemic.

With the upcoming flu season, health experts are recommending that everyone should get a flu shot. Getting a flu shot will protect you from the flu and could help keep you from burdening busy hospitals during the double flu and coronavirus season.

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Experts also recommend that people bundle up to hang out with people outside to maintain a safe social distance. While holidays might look different this year, doctors recommend that people keep a safe distance even from family members, Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency room physician and visiting professor at George Washington University’s Milken Institute of Public Health told CNN, “We know by now that much of Covid-19’s spread is actually driven not by formal settings with strangers, but by informal gatherings of family and friends. Some individuals may be letting down their guard with loved ones. I think people need to take these holidays very seriously. This is not going to be a season of being able to get together the way we used to.”

As the weather cools, there are hygiene practices you can take within your house to help protect family members. Experts recommend that people keep their homes well ventilated if possible, and to open windows where possible. Schools and buildings with employees are required to have up to date ventilation systems. If this isn’t possible in your house, open windows or get a basic air filter to keep the coronavirus out. But “air cleaners” and ultraviolent lights won’t necessarily help as much as they are marketed to, according to experts that spoke to the New York Times.

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