A Serious Airborne Virus
The flu or influenza virus is an airborne virus, meaning that droplets of this virus are in the air you breathe, making the flu highly contagious just by normal breathing.
This respiratory virus attacks the human lung. There is no antibiotic on the face of the earth that kills the flu virus. So if you get the actual flu, an antibiotic will not make you feel better.
The flu spreads quickly from person to person. If you have the flu and you sneeze or cough into the air and do not cover your mouth, people around you can get this virus. If you have flu symptoms, stay home.
The respiratory flu is called ‘respiratory’ because it affects everything related to your respiratory track such as,
Three different viruses make up the respiratory flu, and antibiotics cannot kill a virus. The most dangerous of influenza viruses is the Type A and Type B Virus.
Typically, if you are healthy and are not fighting chronic lung conditions you can have flu symptoms for a few days and then they go away.
It is when you have chronic lung conditions that put you at high risk for secondary infections like bronchitis or pneumonia because your chronic disease has already weakened your lungs.
Chronic health conditions take in several illnesses, putting you at risk for flu complications and possible hospitalizations such as,
- Lung Cancer
- Congestive Heart Failure
- Kidney Disease
- Cancer especially Lung Cancer
- COPD or Congestive Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
If you are around someone who has the respiratory flu you, breathe the same air. As you breathe in the air, the virus enters your respiratory track riding on the tiny air molecules.
If the flu is prevalent in your community, wear a mask when you go out in the public.
If you get this respiratory virus, the symptoms can be very mild to most severe causing hospitalization and even death.
It is hard to tell if you have the actual flu or a bad cold as the symptoms are much the same only they may be much worse and symptoms last longer.
Your doctor can do a swab test of your nose to tell if you, in fact, have the respiratory flu. This test is simple and painless.
When the respiratory flu attacks, impaired lungs already fighting a chronic disease like asthma or COPD you are going to experience enhanced symptoms.
If you have reduced lung function you may find your flu symptoms worse and your healing time longer than a healthy person.
- Fever and Chills
- Intense Muscle Aching
- Chest Congestion
Damaged lungs due to a chronic health issue, makes you a high risk for developing secondary lung infections like bronchitis or pneumonia.
While antibiotics do not kill the flu virus, antibiotics do kill secondary bacterial infections like pneumonia, sinusitis, earaches, and strep throat stemming from a case of the respiratory flu.
Respiratory flu targets,
- Young children
- Those with chronic diseases
- Those with weakened immune systems
This virus mutates from year to year and puts you in danger of secondary complications and even death.
If you are chronically fighting an illness, your symptoms may be worse and your healing time much longer, especially if you develop a respiratory infection.
Never take this dangerous respiratory flu for granted. If you are fighting chronic health conditions or are healthy as a bull, your best prevention of the respiratory flu is by,
- Getting a yearly flu vaccine
- Wearing a mask when out in the public
- Washing your hands frequently