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Important tips for Americans during cold and flu season


Source: CBS News

A new study with the participation of 1800 people shows that the so-called millennials, modern Americans aged 18 to 34 years, more than others tend to spread the infection among friends, colleagues and neighbors, writes CBS News.


The fact of the matter is that they usually refuse bed rest and leave the house (including going to work), having symptoms of a cold, a viral infection and even flu. This was admitted by ¾ of the polled millennials. Most of the respondents went to the pharmacy, at least, and then to the grocery store. About 40% were sent to work by patients. Many visited friends or neighbors, went to a restaurant or cafe, traveled by public transport. Some even went to the gym!

Dr. David Shea says that the Millennials overestimate their health, considering themselves invulnerable. But not only that such an attitude contributes to the spread of infection, but also makes recovery more difficult - an organism that needs to be restored, is engaged in completely different things. Yes, and from working in this state is of little use.

Flu is not a joke. The disease leads to 140-000 hospitalizations and 710 to 000 thousand American deaths a year. Work and even a little physical activity in this state can significantly worsen the situation. But even a “common” cold or viral infection can have complications. If you experience symptoms such as:

  • chills or fever;
  • cough;
  • a sore throat;
  • feeling short of breath;
  • muscle pains, body aches;
  • headache;
  • unreasonable tiredness

consult a doctor as soon as possible to rule out or confirm the flu, and in any case, get treatment recommendations. Do not visit public places so as not to infect other people. Dr. Shi advises to rest at least 3-5 days after recovery, before returning to his usual mode of operation.

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