Flu Season 2020: Signs, Symptoms, Prevention, & What to do if you are Sick | Laura Leyton, M.D.


What can you do to help prevent getting the
flu? What should you do if you think you already have the flu? By the end of this video, you will know the
truth about the flu, ways to help prevent getting it, signs and symptoms, and what to
do if you think you already have the flu. Hi, I’m Dr. Laura Leyton and on this channel,
we answer your medical questions, debunk myths, and discuss ways to help you live your most
amazing life. Always from a real doctor and always evidence-based with the most up-to-date
science. (y tambien en español) What is the flu?
The flu is a very contagious respiratory illness caused by the Influenza Virus. In the United
States, 1 in 10 people get infected each year. Some people think the flu is just a flavor
of the common cold but it is actually a very serious illness. Complications
from the flu can result in hospitalizations and even death. Each year 10’s of thousands
of people are killed by the flu. Older adults, young children, pregnant women,
and people with illnesses like asthma and diabetes are especially at high risk. Droplets with the virus go into the air when
people with the flu cough or sneeze. You get sick when you breathe in or come in
contact with infected droplets. Viruses like the Flu are constantly changing.
New versions of it appear every year pretty much like The Bachelor.
February is the most common month to get the flu. So if your Valentine has the Flu, it’s
probably best not to kiss them. Sorry. What can you do to help prevent getting the
flu? It is impossible to 100% prevent getting the
flu but there are many things you can do to reduce your chances of getting it. The most important
thing is to get your flu shot. Before we had a vaccine, just in 1 year over 50 million
people were killed by the Flu. It’s no joke, amigos. But don’t worry if you are afraid of shots,
there is also a nasal spray. Please consult with your Primary Care Physician to find out which is the best option for you. Even if you do end up getting the flu, getting
the vaccine reduces the severity of the symptoms. In North America, the best month to get the
vaccine is in October. For my friends in South America, the best month to get the vaccine
is in April. Please also try your best to stay away from
people who are already sick, wash your hands frequently (No, hand sanitizer does not replace
washing your hands. Soap and water, please. The more foam the better, and don’t
use hand dryers (they help germs and viruses spread by blowing them into the air!) Yikes. What are the signs and symptoms of the flu? The symptoms of the flu are fever, cough,
sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue, and some
people even have vomiting or diarrhea Symptoms appear between 1 and 4 days after
you are exposed to the virus. What can you do if you think you already have
the flu? If you think you already have the flu, please
pause this video right now(!) and make an appointment with your Primary Care Physician
or go to the nearest Urgent Care. Over-the-counter supplements can not cure
the flu. The best way to treat the flu is to see a doctor and otherwise try your best
to stay at home away from other people. I know this is not always possible because you
know work… but try your best to wear a facemask, cover your coughs and sneezes, and wash your hands to
help from spreading the virus. And remember if you have to cough or sneeze,
dab that please! [Dab gesture] Hasta luego amigos! Don’t forget to leave your medical questions
in the comments down below. And subscribe for more answers to your questions
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