(Southaven, MS) The flu outbreak is off the charts this year, filling up emergency rooms like the one at Baptist DeSoto.
“A lot of people with the flu and flu-like symptoms: cough, runny nose, shortness of breath and all that stuff,” said Dr. Rosa Gomez with Baptist Desoto Hospital.
However, treating those symptoms comes second in an emergency room that also works to help people with life-threatening emergencies.
“If you come for flu-like symptoms that are not as severe, you will probably have to wait a while because of course we take the people that are sicker first, with heart attacks strokes and severe flu-like symptoms,” said Dr. Gomez.
There is a better way to fight the flu. Dr. Rosa Gomez says call your family doctor or go to a minor medical center when you first feel the symptoms and you won’t need an ER visit.
“If you develop a fever with body aches, I would just go,” she said. “They’ll determine if you’re okay to take the medicine because the sooner you take it the better.”
But, no matter what, Gomez says the ER is there to serve people if things get severe.
“If you feel like you’re having shortness of breath or chest pains or very high fevers or very fast heart rate, you definitely need to come here,” she said.