Lizbeiri Hinojosa   11/9/14  Core  3

Influenza, or "flu," is a caused by a virus infecting the respiratory system, meaning your nose, throat, bronchial tubes, and lungs.

The flu affects humans most the time a sick person coughs, she expels some 2,000 virus-laden droplets. If you inhaled any of those or touched a door handle coated with them, and then rubbed your nose or eyes, they have floated through your nostrils and are burrowing into your airway's cells. Unlike colds, which attack the nose and throat, the flu virus can travel into the lungs. Flu can give you a cold, sore throat etc. causes fever and or chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, and fatigue.

The flu can be treated by this:

  • Getting plenty of rest
  • Drinking clear fluids like water, broth, sports drinks, or electrolyte beverages to prevent becoming dehydrated
  • Placing a cool, damp washcloth on your forehead, arms, and legs to reduce discomfort associated with a fever
  • Putting a humidifier in your room to make breathing easier
  • Gargling salt water (1:1 ratio warm water to salt) to soothe a sore throat
  • Covering up with a warm blanket to calm chills.

The Influenza (flu) disease was not discovered by a single person or a research team. Scientists and physicians from ancient times have contributed to the discovery of the influenza disease. Records of the influenza disease can be found from various ancient civilizations, all throughout history.

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