Y'all it is that time of the year again. People are coughing, sneezing and spreading germs left and right. Yuck! In this post, we are going to talk about three illnesses that tend to surface around this time of year. Our next post will feature various ways to beat those nasty cooties.
1. The Common Cold
The common cold can be described as a viral infection of the nose and throat. Symptoms include runny nose, congestion, and sneezing. It is also common to feel increased sinus pressure due to mucus build up. The body itself may feel fatigued and have muscle aches. If left untreated, the common cold can worsen into bronchitis or even pneumonia. The common cold is contagious and its virus spreads by means of droplets whenever a person coughs or sneezes. Once a person develops a cold, they are still contagious at least seven days after they've stopped showing symptoms.
*In a later post we will talk about ways to treat the common cold and other ailments. For now, we are just providing some background information.
The flu is a virus that affects the lungs, nose, and throat. Symptoms include fever, chills, muscle aches, cough, congestion, runny nose, headaches, and fatigue. It can be spread by airborne droplets from coughing or sneezing. It can also be spread by skin-to-skin contact or by touching a contaminated surface. A person is contagious the day before they show symptoms as well as the seven days after your symptoms have subsided.
Norovirus is a devastating illness that effects the stomach and intestines. Symptoms include, nausea, vomitting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. It is highly contagious and is spread in numerous ways. A person can get Norovirus by eating contaminated food or drink or by touching a contaminated surface. The virus can be transmitted through vomit and feces. People are contagious with Norovirus from the moment they experience symptoms to approximately three days after their symptoms have subsided. However, some have remained symptom free, yet contagious for up to fourteen days.
Alright, whatever you do, don't freak out! We know these illnesses sound terrible, but that is what we are here for. You now have some general knowledge about the three most common illnesses that plague people around this time of the year. So what can you do to protect yourself, your home, and the kiddes? That will be the topic of the next few posts! Stay tuned :)