How to Prepare for Autumn and Flu Season

How to Prepare for Autumn and Flu Season

Ashia Marshall, Staff Writer

Happy autumn! As we all know, flu season is coming up very fast. Unfortunately, COVID-19 is still present here in the US. Because of it, the majority of people know the basics of how to prevent themselves from getting sick: washing hands, using hand sanitizer, and physical distance from others. 

Here are just a few more precautions that will keep you and your family safe:

  1. Wipe down areas at home (doorknobs, electronics, light switches, tables/desk, appliances)
  2. Carry a mini hand sanitizer bottle when you leave your home or workplace
  3. Wear appropriate clothing based on the weather
  4. Sanitize vehicles at the end of the week 
  5. Masks and gloves when being in a public area (mall, grocery store, library, school)
  6. Stay Hydrated! Water is a necessity
  7. Eat fruits with high levels of vitamin C and D
  8. Stock up on medical supplies
  9. Herbal tea and homemade soup 
  10. Most of all make sure to rest! 

Now that all the important information is down let us dive into the fun, joyous side of autumn. This season brings various activities for families and friends. Not only that, but many holidays are also making their way up. 

A popular holiday and favorite among many, Halloween. This Halloween will be very different from the previous ones, but don’t let that stop you from having fun. It’s the perfect time to carve pumpkins, watch horror movies, eat candy, and shop for costumes.

Don’t have any ideas on what you plan to be this year? That’s okay! Pick a character from your favorite movie or book. For example, Harley Quinn from Birds of Prey would be fantastic. If you prefer the classics, toss on a cape, a pair of fangs, and be a vampire. There are unlimited ideas to choose from. 

Trick-or-Treating is canceled this year for the kids so create homemade activities. Instead of going house to house for candy, have your kids or siblings go bedroom to bedroom and get candy. To make it more fun, have them bob for apples in one room and scavenger hunt in the other. This will keep them busy and entertained. 


Last but not least, make sure to take care of yourself mentally. This is also a busy yet stressful time for seniors and counselors. Do not overwork yourselves, apply to colleges that fit your needs and vision, and take breaks from the screens. Remember that self-love is the best love.