Do you think you know everything about the flu virus? Here are three facts that you might find interesting.
- The flu virus doesn’t always cause symptoms. You may be familiar with common flu symptoms such as a fever, fatigue and body aches. But did you know that about 50% of people infected with the flu virus have no symptoms at all. But despite having no symptoms, they are still contagious.
- The flu virus isn’t some minor infection. Believe it or not but the flu virus is the sixth leading cause of death among American adults. Approximately 36,000 people die from the flu each year.
- The flu virus can live on surfaces four days. Some people think that they can only get the virus if an infected person coughs or sneezes in their vicinity. But even if an infected person touches a door knob, a light switch or a telephone, you’re still at risk.
The flu virus is a serious infection, but fortunately, there is a way to protect yourself. Each year, schedule an appointment to get a flu vaccine. Additionally, take steps to boost your immune system, such as eating a healthy diet and getting proper rest.