Surprising Things That Can Cause the Flu

Avoid the flu by learning the surprising things that can cause it


Don’t let the flu come between your winter fun. Take precaution so you can save those sick days for when you really need them!

According to the CDC, “Most healthy adults may be able to infect other people beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Children may pass the virus for longer than 7 days. Symptoms start 1 to 4 days after the virus enters the body. That means that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick.”

This being said, it’s very important to strengthen your immune system, get enough sleep, exercise and stay hydrated to help avoid getting the flu.[slideshow:81942]

So, it’s time to take precaution. Read below and learn some of the surprising things that cause the flu. This way, you can prevent yourself from getting it all together.


Influenza Virus Types


There are 3 types of influenza viruses that cause the flu, types A, B, and C. According to WebMD, “Type A and B viruses cause the large seasonal outbreaks. Type C usually causes milder respiratory symptoms. While the flu vaccine can help protect you from types A and B, there is no immunization for type C virus.”


An Infected Person Sneezes

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According to the CDC, ”People with flu can spread it to others up to about 6 feet away. Most experts think that flu viruses are spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.”


An Infected Person Coughs


When a person coughs they release particles into the air. When you do cough, make sure you are coughing into a tissue or your elbow. The worst place to cough in into your hands, being that your hands spread the most germs.


Touching an Object an Infected Person Touched


The flu is spread in multiple ways. One way specifically is touching an infected object. If someone with the flu touched the same doorknob you touched, used the same phone you used, or used the same handrails you did, make sure to immediately wash your hands!


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