As if the current bone-chilling cold snap (can you say Polar Vortex?) weren’t enough to worry about six days into the new year, flu outbreaks have spiked in the latest week, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Unfortunately for those of us affected by the cold, it aggravates the situation. As we huddle together to keep warm, we help to spread the virus, according to Dr. Manny Alvarez on Fox News. In addition, “the immune system in your body doesn’t work properly when you have temperatures below zero,” also “viruses love the cold and wet,” he concluded.
Some 25 states are now reporting widespread flu outbreaks. This is a jump of 10 from the previous week.
So far, two children died as a result of flu this week. The total now stands at six flu-associated pediatric deaths.
It appears that the current virulent strain is striking the young and middle-aged very hard.
Despite the apparent lateness in the season, doctors say it is still not too late to get your flu shot. Doctors report that it reduces your risk of catching the flu by 70 percent.
The map displays the widespread nature of the flu till December 28, the latest graphic data available.
I have written repeatedly about combating the flu. You can read details on my Page – How to fight the flu.
Here are some FLU PREVENTION TIPS:
Avoid close contact with sick people.
Cover sneezes and coughs with tissue or crook of elbow, not hands.
Wash hands often with soap and water.
Drink plenty of fluids, but not alcohol.
Get a flu shot.