The virus is airborne and spreads through the droplets from coughing and sneezing of the infected persons. It’s important to use a tissue or cover your nose and mouth, especially if you use public transport. Washing your hands or using an alcohol based steriliser will decrease the likelihood of spreading a virus to or picking it up from other people.
Flu is debilitating. It overtakes you suddenly, with chills and fever, extreme fatigue, blocked or runny nose, cough, headache, sore throat, loss of appetite, aches and pains all over the body including joints. It can last for 2-3 weeks and may cause such complications as bronchitis, pneumonia, reactive arthritis, sinusitis, ear infections or post-viral fatigue. The most important thing to avoid a possible complication is to allow your body to rest. Do not push through extreme tiredness that accompanies flu, let your immune system mobilise its resources to fight off the unwelcome invader. Flu is a perfectly justifiable reason to have a break from the daily pressures and take it easy for a few days.