2020 flu season


Dakota Murchison

     The flu has become more extreme across the United States. The ADH reports “widespread” flu activity across the country with high intensity. The CDC estimates a total of 14,000 flu deaths have occured  nationwide with 92 pediatric deaths. The flu breakout has also affected schools. Last week 7.5 percent of students were out with the flu and 38 schools were shut down because of this. Although this affects many young people, nursing homes are also seeing an outbreak of the flu. Researchers have said that the best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated each year. In classrooms students should always cover their mouth and wash their hands when they cough to prevent the outbreak from spreading. Statistics say between 12,000 – 61,000 deaths annually since 2010. Flu virus infection of the respiratory tract can trigger an extreme inflammatory response in the body and can lead to sepsis, the body’s life-threatening response to infection. Flu also can make chronic medical problems worse.This is the worst flu season in decades. People at high risk, by CDC standards, include people with compromised immune systems, like those with heart disease, asthma, people undergoing chemo or on certain medicine for arthritis, those living in long-term care facilities, people 65 and older, and kids younger than two. Cures for the flu are limited but they include getting a lot of rest,  and drinking plenty of fluids. Over the counter medicines include decongestant, cough medicine, analgesic, antiviral drug. Specialists include pediatrics and primary care providers. Symptoms of the flu may include pain areas in the muscles, coughing can be dry, chills, dehydration, fatigue, fever, flushing, loss of appetite, body ache, or sweating. The flu is the third most common illness in the world due to respiratory infection.