Flu Season Arrives

Neya Kidambi ‘22
EE Staff Writer

As the temperature begins to drop, and retailers stock up on Holiday decorations, we witness the return of two infamous winter “criminals”-those horrible frosted sugar cookies, and flu season. Yes, it’s that time of year where everyone around you is sniffling or hacking up germs. Ah, influenza, it’s the most wonderful time of the year.

But why does flu season strike in winter?

According to Earth Network, some theories say that the virus itself survives better in the colder, drier conditions of winter, as opposed to the hot and humid conditions of summer. This is because in the summer, the water droplets, which are heavier than the humid air, fall to the ground. In doing so, these water droplets bring the influenza virus with them. On the other hand, the air is less humid in the winter, so the water droplets, and the virus, stay in the air for a longer amount of time.

Some theories also say that by spending more time indoors, it is easier for virus ridden germs to pass between people. Regardless of the cause of flu season, here are a few steps you can take to stay healthy and happy this winter season:

Start with a flu shot. While it doesn’t eliminate your chances of catching the virus, it greatly reduces them.

Wash your hands. This is an obvious one, but by simply washing your hands, you cut down on the amount of germs you transit from your hands to your mouth and nose.

Stay away from people who are sick. By avoiding people with the virus, you reduce your chances from catching this contagious illness.

Take Vitamin C supplements. By taking immunity supplements, you boost your immunity, making your body stronger and helping you fight off any pathogens.

Flu season is awful, but with a few precautionary measures, you can stay healthy this entire winter season. Happy Holidays!

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