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How does influenza spread?

Published on, 13 December, 2023. Answered by Dr. Besmira Zama and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,

 

I am currently 25 years old and experiencing symptoms of influenza. How the influenza virus is transmitted from person to person. What are the ways in which the flu virus can spread among individuals?

 

Answered by Dr. Besmira Zama

Hello,

Thank you for reaching out to Dr. Galen. Please find the below response to your query.

 

Coughing:

Droplets released during a flu-infected person's coughing can carry the virus.

Sneezing:

Small particle droplets, known as nuclei, produced during sneezing may contain the influenza virus.

Talking:

1. Larger respiratory droplets generated while talking can also contribute to the transmission of the influenza virus.

2. These modes underscore the importance of practicing good respiratory hygiene to minimize the risk of virus spread.

 

Thanks

 


About Dr. Besmira Zama

Dr. Besmira Zama

Infectious Disease Specialist


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