We all know how devastating hurricanes can be for a city. Flooding destroys homes and businesses, leaving people without jobs and places to live for days, even months, at a time. One of the most recent hurricanes, Hurricane Harvey, may cause more issues than structural damage to the people of Houston, Texas.
There have been many pandemics of the flu in the recent past. But how far back can we track influenza? Since the symptoms of the flu are similar to other respiratory diseases, it is hard to decipher the two throughout history. Influenza comes from the Latin language meaning "influence," referring to the cause of the disease.
According to the CDC, the flu is now an epidemic. This season’s flu was just as bad as the swine flu epidemic nine years ago. But how far is the flu spreading? There are reports of the flu in North Korea and South Korea to be just as bad as the United States. Of those people visiting their health care providers in South Korea, 60%- 70% have reported influenza-like illness. In North Korea, 126,574 people had flu-like symptoms, while 81,640 were confirmed. With North Korea carrying a deadly strain of the seasonal flu, there have been four reported deaths caused by influenza. One death was an adult, while three were children under the age of five.
No matter where you live, chilling temperatures can have a severe effect on the human body. Cold-related illnesses and injuries can be very painful. Everyone should be aware of the following possibilities.
The Winter season is best known for cold temperatures and chapped lips. Chapped lips can be painful due to dryness, cracking, flaking, tenderness, itchiness, and soreness. These are all common because of poor lip care practices.
Everyone has a different reaction to the flu when it comes to the symptoms and recovery time. That we all know, but not everyone knows about the complications that can arise from having the flu. Those people that are at a higher risk of severe flu complications are young children, adults of the age 65 or older, pregnant women, and people with chronic medical conditions.
The flu virus is known to spread through coughing, sneezing, and touching surfaces. But new research from the University of Maryland in College Park shows something new. People with the flu can spread the virus into the air around them just by breathing. Their research shows those who are infected with the virus generate tiny droplets that stay suspended within the air for a long time. This is true even when they aren't coughing or sneezing and happens the most within the first few days of illness.
It's that time of year again when most people start to get what doctors call the common cold. Usually, it starts with a sore throat followed by a runny nose. The next thing you know, you are missing school or work because of your cold.
The United States isn't experiencing the average flu season. Americans are suffering from one of the most severe flu seasons ever reported in U.S. history. The entire continental U.S. shows widespread activity at this point and experts are saying the country isn't ready for a severe epidemic