[Editor’s Note: In the video above Stefani Schaefer gets her flu shot and learns why we might have an early flu season.]
As Northeast Ohio enters cold and flu season, those entering an inpatient unit at Cleveland Clinic will be asked to wear a mask, sanitize their hands, remember proper cough etiquette, and not to visit if they are sick.
“We are now entering respiratory virus season – a time when we see increasing cases of illnesses such as influenza, RSV and COVID-19. For many, these viruses only cause mild sickness. However, for others, they could lead to serious illness or even death,” said the hospital system in a press release.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, the measures are requests, not requirements. Implementation begins on Oct. 17. Masks will be available at location entrances and upon request.