The weather getting colder poses the double threat of the flu and a surge in COVID-19 cases, so now is a prime opportunity to stock up on food and supplies.
COVID-19 will increase in the winter months for three reasons:
"First, the virus that causes COVID-19 is a coronavirus and other coronaviruses spread more in winter months," said CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Leana Wen. "Second, in winter months, the air is less humid. Particles that carry the virus can linger in the air for longer. Also, our nasal membranes are drier and more vulnerable to infection."
Part of vigilance includes having the right kinds and amounts of foods and medical supplies stocked up to limit trips to stores.
"Any winter season can bring storms, power outages, delays in shipping of critical items to local or from online stores so knowing that you have all the provisions you need to manage these potential events is critical," said Susan L. Polan, the associate executive director of public affairs and advocacy at the American Public Health Association.
"COVID-19 surges and the flu can make trying to buy supplies harder — or riskier, if you or your family members are sick. You are going to want to do everything to make sure you and your loved ones are safe."
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