No mask rules for New Yorkers means that the chances of catching the flu and COVID-19 are higher.
With flu season and COVID-19 happening at the same time, NYC Health + Hospitals encourages New Yorkers to protect yourself by getting a flu shot. Flu vaccines are safe, quick, and available at no out of pocket cost to patients who are vaccinated at a NYC Health + Hospitals location. Visit our flu vaccine website to learn more.<hr id="system-readmore" />
Quick tips to make it through flu season
Tips #2: Wash hands frequently... and we recommend wearing a mask for added protection.
Tip #4: Get tested. Some flu and COVID-19 symptoms are the same. Many of our COVID-19 testing sites also provide flu tests. Find a testing location near you.
Tip #5: Stay home if you feel sick. Unlike cold, flu symptoms start suddenly. Call your primary provider or connect with a virtual ExpressCare provider by visiting ExpressCare.nyc or call 631-397-2273.
Tip #6: Get medication. There are medications that can treat the flu and COVID-19. Speak to your primary care provider about these medications if you test positive for the flu or COVID-19.