Michelle here. Michelle Taylor, if you need a full name. I've worked around the medical world for a very long time, and while I cannot say anything on here is direct medical advice for legal reasons, I hope you'll find it useful and able to help you in your day-to-day life.
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness that, if left untreated, can lead to serious complications. Left unchecked, the flu can lead to pneumonia, bronchitis, sinusitis, and even death. During flu season, there are tons of myths out there about how to protect yourself from the flu. One of the most popular is the idea of wearing a mask whenever you go outside to avoid infecting others.
The flu season is well underway, and it seems that everyone knows someone who has fallen ill. Many people try to avoid these unfortunate situations by washing their hands often, but there are other, more effective ways to protect against the flu and some of the best ways to stay healthy and avoid coming down with the flu.
The flu is a unique illness. That is to say, it’s not like other illnesses. It’s not like a cold where you can eat something and feel better. It’s not like a headache, where the right medicine will relieve the pain. It’s not like an upset stomach, where an anti-diarrhea pill will fix you right up. The flu is an insidious infection. It does not show up on a doctor’s bill or a pathology report. It sneaks in and infects you. It plants itself deep in your body, where it takes root.
What is Flu?
According to the CDC, the flu is a respiratory illness that can cause fever, headache, chills, cough, muscle aches, and fatigue. In most cases, the infection goes away within a week but can cause serious health problems in some people, which can include pneumonia. There are six types of flu viruses, and you can catch three of them: Influenza A, Influenza B, and Influenza C. Although the flu is not life-threatening, it can cause serious complications, especially for older people, those who have chronic medical conditions, to anyone pregnant, or in the case of young children.
The common cold or “influenza” is an illness that can cause fever, stuffy nose, sore throat, head, and body aches, and generally feel awful. It’s caused by the influenza virus, which is spread through secretions in coughs, sneezes, or kisses.
This Cold season will bring the usual assortment of cold and flu viruses to your area, but there aren’t too many different strains of flu you need to worry about. Of the many kinds of Flu viruses, only three kinds are “major epidemic” strains that cause major illness, and only two of those are spread via cough or sneeze.
How to Avoid Getting Flu
Every year, hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. and millions worldwide get sick from the flu. Some people can get sick from the flu even though they don’t have a fever, while others have a fever and still get sick. Researchers have learned a lot about why some people get sick from the flu, but there is still no definitive answer as to how to completely avoid catching it.
The average person gets the flu about once every six months. That means that if you get the flu every six months, you are probably getting it quite often. Fortunately, there are plenty of small things you can do to help prevent the flu.
Getting cold weather is a part of life, and most people get colds and the flu most years. But most people don’t get sick. And most people know how to avoid getting sick. It’s not rocket science. Here are some simple ways to avoid getting sick:
Hence flu is a serious disease. The best way to protect yourself from getting the flu is to get a flu shot. If you would rather not get a flu shot, you should wash your hands frequently and try to limit contact with people who do not have a flu shot. The best way to tell if someone has the flu is by looking for symptoms. The symptoms of the flu include a runny nose, a sore throat, muscle aches, and headaches.
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