Midwest Family Care‘s Staff LPN Michele Klee assembled some great information and tips for the upcoming cold and flu season.
Colds spread when someone who’s sick sneezes or coughs, sending virus-filled droplets flying through the air. You can get sick if you touch a surface (such as a countertop or doorknob) that has recently been touched by an infected person and then touch your nose, mouth, or eyes.
You’re most contagious in the first two to four days after you were exposed to the virus.
Influenza (flu) is also an upper respiratory illness. The flu is generally seasonal. Flu season usually runs from fall to spring, peaking during the winter months. During flu season, you can catch the flu in the same way you’d catch a cold: by coming in contact with droplets spread by an infected person.
You’re contagious starting one day before you get sick and up to five to seven days after you show symptoms.
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