Get Game-Ready With Some Winning Strategies
In advance of the games and any gatherings, make a plan for friends and family to keep healthy.
- First, stock up on COVID-19 rapid tests, like BinaxNOW if you are in the U.S. or Panbio COVID-19 Antigen Self-Test if you are outside the U.S., to help rule in or rule out COVID-19. Test before you head out for any of the games and find out your infection status within minutes and help prevent the spread of transmission if you are positive.
- Next, if you or anyone in your group is feeling unwell with symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, or suspects a recent exposure, take one for the team, stay home—and take a Covid self test—and root from the sidelines.
- As you make your way to the game or watch venues, stay vigilant and avoid or limit touching common surfaces. Practice frequent handwashing or use alcohol-based sanitizer to help lower the risk of disease spread.
- Try to avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth and cover your coughs and sneezes with either a tissue or by using your sleeve or elbow. Then wash your hands.
- Game time usually means bringing on a wonderful assortment of snacks and drinks so be careful to not dip into common bowls without utensils or share beverages with others. Exercise caution around food shared among groups of people.
To support fans at the big game in Qatar, Abbott has Panbio COVID-19 Self-Tests available in notable retailers locally for fans to access for all their last-minute needs.
Now that we have our game-day strategy in place let’s talk about post-game tips.
What to Look For: Similar Symptoms Between COVID-19 and Influenza
Viruses don’t discriminate and they love large groups of people. As the world gets back to doing what it loves we are seeing an increase in respiratory viruses from COVID-19 to the flu and more.
As you return from the game celebrations, take note of any changes in how you are feeling. Respiratory viruses spread fast and can catch you off guard. Further, COVID-19 and flu symptoms are similar, so be on the watch for any symptoms below. It’s good to be prepared with at-home COVID-19 tests so you can quickly determine what you’re ill with and to seek the appropriate treatment.
And remember that since COVID-19 and the flu are different viruses, to be protected against the flu, it is necessary to get a flu vaccine, as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO)4,5,6
Common symptoms between COVID-19 and the flu
- Fever or feeling feverish/having chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle pain or body aches
- Vomiting, which is seen more so with the flu
- Change in or loss of taste or smell, although this is more frequent with COVID-19.
With a few virus-smart strategies, you can head out to celebrate your favorite teams with peace of mind.