With cold and flu season approaching, here are some flu season protection tips and some information on the flu. Protection and precaution are especially important in this pandemic.
What is the flu?
Influenza is a contagious respiratory infection caused by flu viruses that travel through the air and enter the body through the nose or mouth. About 8% of Americans get the flu yearly, ranging between 3 and 11%, and anyone is susceptible to it.
Its symptoms range from mild to severe. These can include fever, chills, muscle aches, sore throat, cough, and headache. The flu is often confused with the common cold, but flu symptoms develop more suddenly and severely. Flu symptoms can also overlap with COVID-19.