Kentucky health organizations recommend flu protocols for coronavirus prevention

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(WEHT)- The Kentucky Medical Association, along with the Kentucky Foundation for Medical Care and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky issued guidelines Wednesday for preventing coronavirus.

In a press release, authorities say Kentuckians should follow standard flu prevention protocol, including washing their hands or covering coughs and sneezes to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

They also say that while the flu vaccine cannot prevent coronavirus, viruses like the flu can weaken the immune system and leave people more vulnerable to contracting other viruses like coronavirus.

The guidelines come after a study showed Kentucky is the 15th best-equipped state for handling a pandemic, like coronavirus. Officials say that the flu still presents a much bigger threat to public health, with 1800 flu cases confirmed in Kentucky over the past week.

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(This story was originally published on Feb. 26, 2020)

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