The Biden administration has announced plans to let the COVID-19 national and public health emergencies expire in May, but the virus continues to impact people’s daily lives, particularly those at high risk. While cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are currently in decline, it’s still important for people to take measures to protect themselves and their communities, especially because the current dominant strain—XBB.1.5—is resistant to many drugs and treatments.
And with flu activity remaining a concern, many people are getting sick this time of year, leading to questions about the best course of action for dealing with the flu, COVID-19, and other circulating illnesses.
This interactive guide walks you through some of the questions you might have about being sick this winter, including testing, vaccines, and when to see a doctor.
This article is meant for informational purposes and does not substitute for professional medical advice or conversations with your health care provider.