Hospitals and clinics are seeing an influx of influenza, RSV, and other respiratory illness to begin the winter season. CentraCare  Dr. George Morris says before making that visit to the ER or Urgent Care, consider reaching out to your provider in other ways:

“Let’s try and do it with MyChart, phone, or even virtual visits”

Morris says because there isn’t any medication you can take for a viral illness, most often mild symptoms can be treated at home with rest and fluids. He says for patients with prolonged high fevers or trouble breathing, that’s when you should make an urgent care or ER visit.