General Secretary of the Ghana Medical Association, Dr. Frank Serebour has advised that people stay away from their spouse or partners when they catch flu.
This is because; the flu virus is highly contagious and can spread easily by close encounters, most especially kissing.
“So you don’t go about kissing your partners when you have flu. Because you know that during kissing, saliva is shared or exchanged,” he cautioned.
Every person has suffered cold, flu or catarrh at a certain point in their lives.
Influenza, commonly known as the “flu,” is an extremely contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza A or B viruses.
The common cold and flu are both contagious viral infections of the respiratory tract. Although the symptoms can be similar, flu is much worse.
A cold may drag you down a bit, but the flu can make you shudder at the very thought of getting out of bed.
Congestion, sore throat, and sneezing are common with colds. Both cold and flu bring coughing, headache, and chest discomfort.
With the flu, though, you are likely to run a high fever for several days and have body aches, fatigue, and weakness.
Symptoms of the flu also tend to come on abruptly. Usually, complications from colds are relatively minor, but a severe case of flu can lead to a life-threatening illness such as pneumonia.
Flu appears most frequently in the cold seasons and in other parts of the world, in early spring.
The flu virus attacks the body by spreading through the upper and/or lower respiratory tract.
Experts say, people with flu can spread it to others up to about 6 feet away.
Most experts think that flu viruses are spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk.
“When you sneeze, you bring out the viral particles and if I should show you a microscopic picture of someone who is sneezing, you will be amazed the kind of things or particles that are coming out which your naked eyes cannot see,” he said.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth or nose.
To avoid this, people should stay away from sick people and stay home if sick.
“If you have a cold or flu, you should not be found in crowded areas so that you don’t sneeze on people. If you have to sneeze or cough, do well to cover your mouth and if possible, wear a face mask,” he added.
It is equally important to wash hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, it is advisable to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Unfortunately, since both cold and flu are viral, antibiotics cannot conquer them because antibiotics only treat bacterial infections.
Also, because there are no medications that specifically defeat the common cold Dr. Frank Serebour advices that one takes in a lot of fluid (water especially) when they catch catarrh, a cold or flu.