My house has already suffered through the first wave of this flu season. Sometimes I feel like my kids are petri dishes disguised as "super cuties." At the doctor's office recently, for some malady or another, I quizzed her about the flu. I got some facts and I am going to share them with you.
- It is possible to pass the flu along up to 24 hours before you become symptomatic. Yikes - you could be spreading contagion all over your loved ones and not even know that you're sick.
- It can take anywhere from 1 - 3 days to become symptomatic after becoming infected. I really don't like the delay since I like to know what is going on in my body.
- Althought the flu virus is spread by coughing and sneezing, it can remain viable and ready for spreading for several hours on a surface like: hand rails, door knobs, and phones. You touch the surface, then touch your mouth, nose or eyes and the virus can get in you.
- You know you have the flu if you have common cold symptoms plus fever, chills, body aches, and a pounding head ache.
I really don't mean to make you paranoid, although sometimes I do feel that I live in fear of the flu. But the best way to avoid catching the flu, other than wrapping your children in plastic wrap or never leaving your home, is to wash your hands often.