News about novel coronavirus may be taking over the headlines but there is another virus that still deserves our attention: the flu.
Everybody knows what the flu is, but most people don’t take it as seriously as they probably should. Think about it this way: the flu is basically the common cold but a million times worse. In some cases, it can even be fatal. Just imagine how many days of school you could miss and how much school work you’ll have to make up after being out for a bunch of days when you can just take preventative measures to ensure you don’t get sick from the flu.
A CNN article reportreported that the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has indicated that “This flu season is shaping up to be one of the worst in decades.”
According to the CDC, Flu activity is high in 44 states and widespread in 47 states. Overall, the CDC estimates 29 million people have gotten sick, 280,000 have been hospitalized and 16,000 have died.
I know some people don’t feel comfortable with getting flu immunizations because they feel like it doesn’t work or it’ll give them the flu. There are still other ways to remain as healthy as possible though getting a flu shot is highly recommended. Strengthen your immune system by eating right. Washing your hands and staying away from sick people are also good ways to help avoid getting sick. And if you don’t know, the CDC recommends washing your hands for at least 20 seconds.
If you do catch the virus, treat symptoms as soon as you notice them by going to the emergency room, taking prescribed medications, staying hydrated, and getting plenty of rest.
By Cierra Lemott, Senior, Brooks College Prep
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