5 absurd myths about the flu virus: we unravel it 2

5 absurd myths about the flu virus: we unravel it

The flu virus is moving again. Some say he is nothing more than a bad cold. We elucidate this myth – just like four other fairy tales about the disease.

Every year, the flu shot comes into the office, kindergartens and doctors' offices. And despite the vaccines available, it kills influenza viruses continue to be people all over the world. At the same time, various myths about the disease, which simply do not want to disappear from the minds of people, persistently intertwine. So we want to feel them on tooth five. Spoiler: Everyone is wrong.

These 5 myths about the flu virus are pure nonsense

The fact is one: the danger of the flu virus every year. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), flu epidemics cause three to five million serious illnesses each year and approximately 290,000 to 650,000 deaths. Another reason for dealing with the myths associated with the disease. We've collected the five biggest – and the masked ones.

# Flu or cold? It's the same thing

Wrong. Of course, both are respiratory diseases. The big difference is that they are caused by different viruses. Flu is not just a good cold. It usually occurs suddenly and is manifested by the following symptoms:

  • Fever, runny nose or stuffy nose, cough, fatigue, muscle aches, body aches, headaches, cold, sweating

The cold is in turn manifested by a particularly runny or thickened nose, and worse symptoms usually do not occur.

In addition, the flu can lead to serious consequences such as pneumonia or, in extreme cases, even multiple organ failure. In particular, pregnant women, the elderly and children are at risk of serious flu infection. In normal cases, however, you will recover from the flu within three to seven days.

# 2 Flu shot is enough as a precaution

Wrong. The flu shot is not 100 percent effective. Effectiveness also depends on the age and health of the individual. In addition, vaccine efficacy varies from year to year, as reported by Ärzteblatt. It depends on how the substance responds to the strain of circulating flu.

This means you also need to take protective measures to prevent the flu, such as frequent hand washing.

# 3 Cold or train leads to flu

Wrong. Although the cold leads to less blood flow and a weaker immune system. Therefore, humans are more susceptible to viruses and bacteria. Anyone who is exposed to cold or even draft but does not automatically receive flu. It is important that you are exposed to the flu virus. It's the only way to get sick. As the cold season coincides with the flu season, many mistakenly believe there is a connection.

But flu is a so-called drip infection. This means that infected people are spreading them by coughing, sneezing or speech, as well as contaminated surfaces, such as hand-holds on buses. If the flu viruses come from your mouth, eyes or nose, you run the risk.

# 4 Flu gets the flu first

Wrong. The flu vaccine does not contain live virus. So a flu shot does not lead to the flu. Many other types of airways circulate in the air before the recommended pre-season vaccination, which can lead to flu-like symptoms. You are very likely to catch one of them. False, many then attribute mild signs of illness to the attribution of influenza.

In addition, the flu vaccine works for up to two weeks, so you can very well get the disease right now.

# 5 Someone with the flu needs antiviral drugs

Wrong. In the case of the flu, what most GPs recommend: bed rest, lots of fluid intake, and elimination of symptoms. Because flu is a virus, not a bacterium, antibiotics do not help much to heal. According to a medical journal, only people with severe complications should receive viral flu medicines called antiviral drugs. However, only if given within the first 24 to 48 hours after the onset of symptoms.

5 flu myths that are just wrong

Pure nonsense is the myths about the flu we have presented to you. If you get caught in the disease, it's best to spare it. Because only in severe cases the flu virus is used against the flu virus. Until then, help with the cold and these apps. When it comes to sick leave: You can also give a "yellow bill" digitally.

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