What is Flu?

July 30, 2020 4:19 pm

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Flu is a nasty virus that can really knock you for six and leave you lying in bed for a few days. One of the best ways to avoid contracting the virus is to have a flu shot every year. However, if you do not, what can you do to help yourself from the flu, how long will it last and what are the symptoms to look out for? Every year, trials are run for new treatments for the flu. Find out more about Paid Clinical Trials at a site like https://www.trials4us.co.uk/

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What is influenza?

Commonly referred to as the flu, it is a respiratory infection that affects the throat, nose and lungs and is quite contagious. Flu can vary in severity and when people fall ill with influenza, they can experience the following symptoms:

A feeling of being feverish, with or without a temperature

Feel chills

Painful throat

Coughing

Congested or runny nose

Muscle aches

Headache

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How does it spread between people?

The current scientific understanding is that the flu is mainly spread through tiny air droplets that are released when an infected person coughs, sneezes, laughs, sings or talks. Small droplets can be inhaled by the nearest person and this explains how people get infected. It is also possible to contract flu simply by touching items or surfaces that still have live virus on it. If they then touch their nose, mouth or eyes, the virus gets into their systems. Scientists are still working hard to find a cure for this virus. Clinical trials are always looking for volunteers.