What to Do at the First Sign of the Flu

Some of the first signs you might have the flu are a slight tickle in your throat, body aches, and a sudden fever.

Up to 20% of the people in the U.S. get the flu, which is short for the influenza virus. It's important to catch the early signs so you can start taking care of yourself.

Wash your hands often to stop the virus from getting around. Aim to scrub with soap and water for about 20 seconds before you rinse.

Wash your hands

Use your arm instead of your hands to cover coughs and sneezes, or direct them into a disposable tissue. If you cough or sneeze, you can easily spread the flu to other people.

Eat well to help your body fight off sickness. Even though you might not feel like eating when you're sick, eating small meals full of fruits and vegetables will help give your body the strength

Drink a lot of water, tea, and electrolyte drinks with low amounts of sugar. Avoid alcohol and caffeine.

Buy the things you need, like tissues, over-the-counter pain relievers, decongestants, cough suppressants, your favourite tea, and fresh fruits and vegetables to snack on while you're at home.

Tell your place of work. It can be hard to stay home from work, but if you don't want to make your coworkers sick, your boss will appreciate it.

Stay home and take a nap. In the end, getting enough rest is the best way to treat the flu.

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