This season’s flu outbreak is one of the worst in recent history, and it’s causing people to become more concerned and ask a lot of questions – which is a fair thing to do when faced with a widespread illness.
However, with the questions come some misdirected answers and myths, so let’s take a look at what health experts have to say about 12 common inquiries about the flu…
1. How Deadly is the Flu?
The flu claims lives every year, and the 2018 version is particularly deadly and is making headlines because of this. Fortune.com explains that 34-people in San Diego, California died from the flu during the last week of 2017 alone.
However, the same source explains that about 5 to 20-percent of the population gets the flu each year, and while “hundreds of thousands” are hospitalized as a result, “tens of thousands die” – which is why everyone “who’s medically capable” should get a flu shot, even though it’s less effective this season.