Yuma, Arizona. – The Yuma Fire Department shared a report of incidences from Sunday January 8, 2023 through Saturday January 14, and said the category with the highest number of responses (37) was difficulty breathing.
The release said YFD also get calls about headaches, fevers, and people just feeling “sick”. There are certainly a lot of underlying health issues that cause or contribute to these calls for service but there is no denying we are in the cold and flu season.
In the release YFD stated:
«Every year here in the United States the Flu season arrives and gets worse with winter. Are these viruses only around in winter? No, of course not, but with winter and the holidays people spend more time indoors and there are more parties and other social gatherings. More people getting together in close proximity to each other indoors. Adding to the problem are people not wanting to miss out and attending these social gatherings when they should just stay home, get well, and reduce the chances of spreading colds, flu and other viruses to friends, family, and co-workers.»
Every season health care professionals issue the same warnings and advice. Wash your hands frequently, use hand sanitizer, keep hands clear of eyes, nose, and mouth (particularly hard for young children, of course). If you are already sick, stay home and get better, don’t spread illness to work or school. Your co-workers and your kid’s classmates will appreciate it. Just like you appreciate it when you are not sick, sick folks need to stay home and get well. Yuma’s great weather is too nice to be sick in, take the proper precautions and have a safe and healthy winter season!
For more information about fire and injury prevention classes offered by YFD, contact the Yuma Fire Department Public Information Office at 373-4855.