Germs that spread the flu virus could reach you unexpectedly

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During flu season, you may hold back from shaking hands as often or you may wash your hands more often.

But did you know, that flu germs can travel up to six feet?

According to the CDC, droplets are the main culprit of spreading the flu virus.

They can land in the mouths or noses of people nearby, or even be inhaled into the lungs.

Keep in mind that the droplets can also be left on surfaces that people touch before touching their mouth, nose or eyes. 

“Proper hygiene is really important, disinfecting all hard surfaces around you,” family nurse practitioner, Wendy Haaland, said. “Again, how we can prevent the spread of it after having an infection ourselves is avoiding public places for at least 24 hours or more after a fever has subsided.”

Another thing to remember during the flu season is that it can be spread BEFORE symptoms show, or even if they don’t show at all.

It IS possible to be infected with the virus, but show no symptoms.

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