Cold and Flu Season

by Wes Beneshek

Sicknesses Going Around

There has been sicknesses going around in our school. Obviously, the most common is the common cold. Another common one is influenza, or the flu. In both cases, there is over 3,000,000 people that contract them in the United States per year. Both of them are very similar, both being a viral infection; however, the flu can be deadly. In fact, the flu takes anywhere from 3,300 to 49,000 lives per year and is a virus itself. The flu affects the lungs, throat, and nose. The people at the highest risk are young children, older adults, pregnant women, and people with chronic disease or weak immune systems. Fever, chills, muscle aches, cough, congestion, runny nose, headaches, and fatigue are all signs of the flu. It can also cause vomiting and other digestive issues. The cold on the other hand, is not very harmful, but can be contracted through multiple viruses. Almost anyone is at a high risk of catching a cold. Some symptoms include runny nose, sneezing, and congestion; however, if a high fever is involved, especially in young children, you should consult a doctor.

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How To Get Rid of and Prevent These Viruses

Both of these viruses can spread very easily. You can contract these viruses by airborne droplets, such as coughs and sneezes, skin-to-skin contact, such as handshakes, saliva, and contaminated surfaces, such as tables and doors. Both of these are also short term viruses in which can be resolved through rest and fluids, so your body can fight the viruses, and symptoms can be taken care of with over-the-counter drugs. An annual vaccine for the flu is also recommended because the virus is constantly evolving to it’s vaccines. With all of this said, the best ways to avoid all infections is to wash your hands, clean hard and soft surfaces, and don’t share personal items with other people.

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