Everybody knows flu comes in the winter, you're supposed to get a flu shot, you're supposed to cover your mouth when you cough, but do you know why?
Let's start with something you probably learned in kindergarten. Don't cough on people. That's how the flu is most commonly spread. A cough can come out at 64 miles an hour, that's how fast cars drive down the interstate. So imagine that when a cough happens, mucous, and particles and the potential flu virus go flying. All those disgusting things can land up to 6 feet away.
Here's another good question, why does the flu only pummel people in the winter?
It's not because that's when people are cooped up inside. A study out of Mount Sinai school of medicine in New York says, the virus is more stable and stays in the air longer when air is cold and dry. It's a resilient little bug that can cause you big problems.
And keep this in mind, you should still get a flu shot. Because you can get the flu again this winter even if you've already had it. Once your body gets rid of the flu, you build up a resistance, But only to that strain. This year there are 3 prominent strains, and you can end up with flu all over again.
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:46 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:46:56 GMT
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