It’s that time of year.
Yes, flu season.
Do you have questions about the flu?
Well, we’ve got you covered.
More flu cases means more trips to the doctor’s office.
But, telemedicine may be able to come in handy.
Apps like Doctor on Demand, make calling up a doctor
convenient and quick by allowing you
to video chat with them from the comfort of your own home.
Can this be a useful tool as we enter the flu season?
Well, we have a guest, Sydney,
who has a question about the flu
and is joining us today here in our audience.
So, welcome Sydney.
So, I understand you have a question.
I do, since flu season is around the corner from us
I was wondering,
can I get diagnosed by a Doctor on Demand with the flu
or do I have to go to the doctor’s office in person?
That’s a good question, that’s a very good question.
And to help us out, we have Doctor on Demand
Doctor Kristin Dean, she will join us,
Kristin Dean 医生加入我们的讨论
and Kristin, can you help Sydney out with that question?
Hi, yes absolutely.
Since the flu can be diagnosed by your symptoms, Sydney,
Doctors on Demand can definitely help diagnose
whether or not you have the flu during a video visit.
If you do have the flu,
they can actually send a medication to your pharmacy
and make sure that you get started on that anti-viral
as soon as possible.
Once you start having symptoms,
it is important to be seen by a doctor
because the anti-viral medicine really only works
for the first 48 hours.
It’s great with telemedicine, as it was earlier mentioned,
because instead of going to the doctor’s office,
where you can spread some of those germs,
or get other people’s germs,
you can actually call a doctor
from the comfort of your own home
and be seen by a doctor in less than five minutes.
Yeah, and I think, Doctor Dean, that’s such good advice
嗯 Dean医生 我觉得这个主意很棒
because we are contagious, when you have flu symptoms,
we always encourage people to stay home
because they can spread those viral particles.
And 10% of U.S. residents are going to be diagnosed
with the flu this year, so this is a huge toll
on the whole community.
And you know so often, it’s difficult for somebody
to make that determination, is it the common cold
or is it, in fact, the flu?
And having a physician look at you face to face
may help with that diagnosis.
So, important question Sydney, have you gotten the flu shot?
Not in a while, but I definitely should be on top of that.
Well, you know, it changes every year.
So, each year the flu shot is a little bit different.
So, that is another big tip that we’re giving you.
Make sure, everyone, to get that flu shot.
And I will do that.
Okay, any other tips in preventing the flu?
Well, I think hand washing.
We talk about that Huge.
All the time, just that 30 seconds.
Hum “Happy Birthday” to yourself twice.
If you are around someone sick, try not to touch your eyes,
your nose, your mouth because that’s often the doorway.
Those mucosal surfaces.
And like we mentioned earlier,
if you really do think you’re sick, this is a nice option
because you are contagious, initially.
Try to stay home, rest, hydrate.
尝试着待在家里 好好休息 多喝水
Certainly get on the app if you need to
to find out if it is truly the flu.
And if so, like Doctor Dean mentioned
that anti-viral medication, so much more effective
if you initiate it really quickly,
within that first 48 hour window.
Great tips, Doctor Botra.
Thank you very much, Sydney, stay healthy.
And Doctor Dean, thank you very much.
It’s that time of year.