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How did I get an Upper Respiratory Infection, and is it preventable?

The virus spreads through air droplets (like sneezes and coughs), as well as by contact with shared surfaces. You most likely had exposure to someone who either was recovering from a URI or in the early stages of one. Washing your hands regularly and cleaning common surfaces with antibacterial cleaning products is a great first step in prevention. Also, boosting your immune system with healthy eating, exercise and plenty of sleep is another effective method.

Don’t be a spreader: when you cough or sneeze, do so inside your elbow vs. your hand, and limit your exposure to others while symptoms persist. Lastly, it’s recommended for everyone to get the flu vaccine, especially those with compromised immune systems and for pregnant women.

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Allon Mordel, MD

Allon Mordel is the Medical Director at K Health as well as an Attending Physician in the Emergency Departments of NYU Langone Hospital & Bellevue Hospital Center. Dr. Mordel is a graduate of the University of Georgia and served as an EMT for the city and county services. He was accepted into residency at the NYU/ Bellevue Emergency Medicine Residency Program where he distinguished himself and became Chief Resident on his way to becoming an Attending Physician.