With the exception of Hawaii and the District of Columbia, the U.S. is experiencing an extreme influenza outbreak. According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the flu outbreak has already claimed over 100 lives.
The recovery time for the flu is usually a week or two but it can also lead to other health problems like a bacterial infection. This in turn can be mistaken for lingering symptoms of the flu which can manifest into pneumonia and hospitalization.
Vox tweeted a map of how widespread and server the flu is this year in the United States.
Symptoms of the flu often mimic a cold.
Doctors are sending reminders to get a flu shot.
One Twitter user sent out a series of tweets offering home remedies that may help. Of course you should always seek and follow the advice of a trained physician.
Praying y’all staying well in the midst of cold/flu season. Here’s how we’ve stayed healthy these last few weeks:— Mattie James (@themattiejames) January 14, 2018
Go to items to avoid the cold/flu or recover faster:— Mattie James (@themattiejames) January 14, 2018
1. Organic elderberry syrup
2. Organic apple cider vinegar
3. Lemon, honey & garlic
4. Apple and/or juice
5. Green tea
6. Vapor rub
HONORARY MENTION #2: Epsom salt baths. When you feel icky, make the time to take a hot bath for 15 minutes with a cup of epsom salt. I have a 3 year old & have given her one with only a 1/2 cup of epsom salt + a couple drops of lavender before her nap. Worked wonders!— Mattie James (@themattiejames) January 14, 2018
HONORARY MENTION #3: Humidifier. With our heaters blazing, the air can get dry which effects our breathing. Every time I sleep with a humidifier on, I sleep better. So does my entire family. Get you one, STAT! Ours has one where you can diffuse oil - eucalyptus is our go to!— Mattie James (@themattiejames) January 14, 2018
Avoid dairy and sugar during this time as well. Huge, huge, huge. And staying hydrated is huge. You should be drinking 1/2 your weight in oz of water. (EX: if you’re 140lbs you should be drinking AT LEAST 70oz of water)— Mattie James (@themattiejames) January 14, 2018
Stay healthy out there and if you feel your symptoms are getting worse, please seek medical attention.