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New Mexico Department of Health provides tips for keeping those at risk healthy this holiday season

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SANTA FE, New Mexico --The New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) is urging New Mexicans to protect young children, older individuals and those with underlying health conditions from RSV, influenza and Covid-19 this holiday season.

This comes as area hospitals have activated emergency operations due to a surge in pediatric cases, according to a statement released by the NMDOH.

The department compiled a list of tips to stay safe during the holidays:

  • Stay up-to-date with all vaccinations and boosters.
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze.
  • Regularly clean high-tough services.
  • Regularly wash hands, or use hand sanitizer.
  • Consider wearing facial coverings, especially those who are high-risk or around high-risk individuals, and especially when indoors with people who you do not live with.
  • Get tested.
  • If you are sick or test positive, stay home.
  • Watch for new symptoms.
  • Wear a mask when travelling, preferably a well-fitted, high quality mask (K95 or KN95).

The NMDOH also provided several resources, where you can find more information on respiratory illnesses and how to help prevent them.

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Kerry Mannix

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