Surprising Things That Can Cause the Flu

Surprising Things That Can Cause the Flu


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!

Touching Your Face

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Touching your face is one of the main ways the flu virus enters your body. Be careful when, itching your nose, rubbing your eyes, and touching your mouth. Make sure you are constantly washing your hands before and after you touch your face.

Pressing the Buttons in an Elevator


According to PDI, “The number of bacteria present on an elevator button is almost 40 times higher than on a public toilet seat.” This being said, the chance of spreading the flu virus is even higher! Make sure your washing your hands after pressing any buttons on an elevator.

Not Cleaning Your Hands

Take the bus? The train? Make sure you wash your hands! Did you just cough? Just remove your contacts? Wash your hands! Keeping your hands clean helps protect you against germs and bacteria’s that cause the flu. Note: If you don’t have soap and water use anti-bacterial hand gel or alcohol based hand rub.


According to WebMD, “Type A flu viruses are also found in many different animals, including ducks, chickens, pigs, whales, horses, and seals. Type B viruses only affect people.”


  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Headache
  • Body aches
  • Vomiting
  • Coughing

Treat the Flu

  • Drink a lot of fluid- Water and juice
  • Listen to your body- If your body is weak that means it needs to rest. Don’t push yourself to be active. This is the time your body needs to recuperate.
  • Sleep- Catch up on your favorite Netflix serious
  • Wash Your Hands- frequently washing your hands helps you keep the flu to yourself. Be considerate of others and do what you can to ensure you don’t pass the virus along to them.