The flu, or influenza, is a viral disease of the respiratory tract—the nose, throat, bronchial tubes and lungs—and is highly contagious. A cold is a less severe viral infection, and often includes a runny nose, sneezing and coughing. Unlike flu, colds typically don't cause fever. READ MORE
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Increased fluid intake and taking fever reducers may not always help in your recovery. In fact, in some cases, it could be harmful.
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Flu Season Paired With Covid-19 Presents the Threat of a ‘Twindemic,’ Making the Need for Vaccination All the More Urgent
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Why Hand-Washing Really Is as Important as Doctors Say
A microbiologist explains why this simple, low-tech step may be your best protection.
14 Important Things to Know About Coronavirus
The coronavirus has reached the U.S. and is spreading, with no vaccine or cure yet, which makes it worrisome. Knowing the facts can help you be prepared and not panic.
There's a Virus Spreading in U.S. That's Killed 10,000: The Flu
Folks fretting about the coronavirus are forgetting that the flu is already running rampant in the United States, one that's killed nearly 20 times as many people in this country alone.
What to Do at the First Signs of Flu
If you drew the short straw this year and got the flu, here are some steps you can take to lessen your symptoms and speed along the recovery process.
Something Far Deadlier Than The Wuhan Virus Lurks Near You
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A Workout Could Be Good Medicine for the Common Cold
It might be the last thing you want to do when you are battling a cold, but exercise might actually make you feel better.
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The flu season is off to a fast and furious start, with a strain of the virus that normally arrives later in the season making a strong early appearance.
Can the Flu Shot Give You the Flu?
Many people forgo flu shots because they're convinced that getting one will give them the flu. Not true. You may experience some mild symptoms, but the shots cannot give you the flu.
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Why Hand-Washing Beats Hand Sanitizers
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Only a Third of Pregnant Women Getting Vaccinations They Need
About two-thirds of pregnant women in the United States don't get vaccinated against both flu and whooping cough, putting them and their newborns at risk.
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