The Flu Outbreak is Reaching Milestones Again in 2020
Influenza, or flu, is a respiratory illness that results from a viral infection; it is highly contagious and spreads through respiratory droplets. A person can pass it on while talking, sneezing, and coughing. One can also get infected by coming into contact with an object or surface that has the flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes. Symptoms usually begin one to four days after exposure to the virus and can include a fever, cough, runny nose and fatigue. An annual flu shot can help prevent or lessen the affects of the illness and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlights it as the main step in protecting against the flu.