Emergency hospital during influenza epidemic at Camp Funston in Kansas around 1918.
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A century ago, the influenza pandemic killed about 50 million people. Today we are battling the coronavirus pandemic. Are we any better off? Two social scientists share five reasons we have to be optimistic.
Thinking about getting the flu shot? This may help you decide.
Social distancing could also stem the spread of influenza.
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Early evidence from Japan suggests protective measures against COVID-19 may also be protecting us against influenza.
From your lungs into the air around you, aerosols carry coronavirus.
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Aerosols are the tiny particles of liquid and material that float around in our environment. When they come from an infected person, they may be a significant source of coronavirus transmission.
You’re allowed to eat foods like eggs, avocados and berries on the keto diet.
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The adverse symptoms some people experience after adopting the ketogenic diet is known as the “keto flu”.
Yes, there’ll probably be fewer flu cases this year. But getting your flu jab anyway will limit transmission further, and may result in fewer flu cases ending up in our already strained hospitals.
Americans have been advised to keep six feet away from everyone else when they can’t stay home.
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Comparing death tolls between COVID-19 and the flu is the wrong way to gauge which disease is a bigger threat, according to researchers who study how people understand math.
You may have a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, or just suspect you have it. Either way, if you have mild to moderate symptoms, treat them as you would with any other cold or flu.
Getting vaccinated against the flu, washing your hands and social distancing are three ways you can help reduce the impact of both the flu and coronavirus.
U.S. Red Cross volunteers in 1918.
The so-called ‘Spanish flu’ didn’t actually come from Spain. What else do people often misunderstand about this famous crisis?
Studies show that people are more likely to get the flu shot if they have a plan.
The flu shot is a bargain – and people are more likely to get it if they know that.
The consequences of flu infection are much worse in asthmatics, here’s why.
A nurse in Atlanta prepared the flu vaccine for a shot on Feb. 7, 2019.
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A common myth cited as a reason for not getting the flu shot is that the shot will give you the flu. That is scientifically impossible. Here’s why.
Many myths make the rounds during flu season.
When it comes to flu, information can range from confusion about what it actually is, to speculation about how it’s transmitted.
It’s quicker to use hand sanitiser than soap and water, which means people might be more likely to use it.
Washing your hands helps protect against the flu. So it makes sense for governments to make hand sanitisers available in public places.
The impact of the flu on a population can be measured by looking at figures including cases, hospitalisations and deaths.
Headlines about this year’s flu season have been alarming. It’s true, we are having a serious season – but the data doesn’t indicate it’s the worst one we’ve ever had.
Early indications are that the vaccine has been a reasonably good match in the 2019 season.
The flu vaccine is built on the strains expected to circulate in a given year. While the majority of strains circulating this year are matched in the vaccine, there’s one strain we didn’t predict.
You might feel terrible. But your runny nose, sore throat and aches are signs your body is fighting the flu virus. And that’s a good thing.
How can a tiny flu virus make you feel so bad, all over? Here’s what’s behind your high temperature, muscle aches and other flu symptoms.
Children are more likely than adults to catch and spread influenza.
Children’s immune systems are more vulnerable to the flu; even kids who are otherwise healthy can develop complications. The best way to protect children is by having them vaccinated.
They’re not perfect, but flu shots are still good to get.
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The 2018-2019 flu season was less deadly than the last. But the pattern of infection was unusual, thanks to the various strains circulating and the way flu shots work over time.