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How to Keep Yourself Healthy During Flu Season

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How to Keep Yourself Healthy During Flu Season

Staff Writer Bryce Davis sneezing into a napkin.

Staff Writer Bryce Davis sneezing into a napkin.

Joshua Parker

Staff Writer Bryce Davis sneezing into a napkin.

Joshua Parker

Joshua Parker

Staff Writer Bryce Davis sneezing into a napkin.

Bryce Davis, Staff Writer

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As flu season approaches, many students at Cottonwood are getting sick. So how does the flu work? The virus spreads from person to person via respiratory droplets. These droplets are spread by coughing, sneezing, or touching something that has the virus and then touching your mouth or eyes. This causes the virus to attack your immune system and this is what makes you feel sick. The worst of the virus lasts about two to three days. At this time you will be miserable. Then for the next week or two you will have lingering symptoms.

Caring for yourself while you’re sick is difficult. At the first signs of the flu, visit a doctor. Staying hydrated will strengthen your immune system. Make sure that your fever does not get too high. Try lowering your fever with acetaminophen, such as Tylenol or ibuprofen. While you feel lethargic and tired, sleep as much as possible. This is your body fighting off the virus. Stay home from work and school until your fever is gone to avoid infecting other people. Junior Josh Parker said, “Caring for yourself with the flu is difficult, I use ibuprofen and Tylenol to lower my fever and help the soreness of my body.”

Avoiding the flu is a challenge in itself. Some people may be contagious and not even know. First, avoid anybody that you think may be sick. Clean your hands and avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose to avoid the flu. Keeping your body healthy may also make it easier for your immune system to fight off the virus. Using hand sanitizer will temporarily help; washing your hands with antibacterial soap and hot water is a lot more effective. During flu season, avoid sharing drinks or anything else that may lead to infection. An easy way to avoid the flu is to get your flu shot at the beginning of the flu season (beginning of November through March). Although the flu shot works for most, some people have negative reactions. Senior Maya Kimmel said, “One year I got the flu shot and I ended up getting the flu a few days later. Ever since then I have not gotten the flu shot and I have not gotten the flu.”

A lot of illnesses can have similar symptoms to the flu. Illnesses such as malaria and pneumonia can cause more or less the same symptoms as the flu. Both of these illnesses are deadly if not treated. So if you are sick and believe you have the flu, visit a doctor immediately.

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