The flu is a virus that affects the respiratory system’s ability to remove harmful debris, such as dust and mucus. The virus is easily transferable through infected individuals, food, fluids, and objects. Typically, infected individuals are contagious as soon as the day before symptoms are experienced and can remain contagious for up to ten days. Most people infected with the virus make a full recovery; however, the CDC estimates that each year, around 36,000 people die from the flu. Wondering if you are suffering from virus symptoms?
Common Flu Symptoms, Dangers, and Risks
Virus symptoms caused by the flu can include:
- Sore throat
- Fever (100 degrees or higher)
- Body aches
- Runny nose
- Nausea/vomiting (common in children)
How do I know when the flu is becoming dangerous?
In most cases, the flu is not fatal. However, the following symptoms may be a cause for concern:
- Heavy breathing/Chest tightness. Intense respiratory symptoms are caused by fluid buildup within damaged lungs.
- Frequent confusion/Dizziness. May be coupled with nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
- Cough and fever worsen over time. Symptoms should improve as time goes on. But if there’s an increase in cough or fever, seek medical attention, as an additional medical condition may be present.
Who is most at risk of deadly flu symptoms?
The following factors increase the likelihood of death by the flu or flu-related complications:
- Young children (most commonly those under two years of age)
- Elderly adults
- Compromised immune systems from steroid treatment, chemotherapy, HIV, pregnancy, etc.
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