Emergency Room visits have increased dramatically in the recent weeks with patients presenting with flu-like illnesses.
Here is information from the CDC for what to look for:
How Flu Spreads
Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by tiny droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.
Period of Contagiousness
You may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Although people with the flu are most contagious in the first 3-4 days after their illness begins, some otherwise healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems, might be able to infect others with flu viruses for an even longer time.
Onset of Symptoms
The time from when a person is exposed to flu virus and infected to when symptoms begin is about 1 to 4 days, with an average of about 2 days.
How do I know if I have the flu?
You may have the flu if you have some or all of these symptoms:
• Fever – It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever
• sore throat
• runny or stuffy nose
• body aches
• fatigue (tiredness)
• sometimes diarrhea and vomiting
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