Many of us have recently spent extra time with family and friends over the holidays, and local doctors say that's led to a rise in patients with cold and flu symptoms.
Doctor Rachel Yankey at Blessing Physician Services says both the cold and the flu are spread through respiratory secretions.
You can catch it from someone who coughs or sneezes near you, or even near your phone, "A lot of people get the flu. They have the high fevers the headaches. They call. They want us to call in an antibiotic."
Yankey says in order to prevent catching or spreading these germs, it's very important to properly wash your hands, and do it often.
Use tissues when you cough or sneeze, and stay away from others if you become sick yourself.
Yankey points out that there is actually no cure for the flu, she says it's a virus and you just have to ride it out, "The best are (cures) resting, plenty of fluid, Tylenol for the fever, something for the achiness, and not to go to work."
If you are in a high risk group, someone who has COPD, or is elderly or very young, will need to see a doctor.
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