So, you wouldn’t go to the doctor. You don’t believe in being sick. You had to go to work. But you really do have the flu. Really. You’ve been coughing and sneezing all over the place. How much damage have you done.? Are any of your co-workers suddenly sick too?

You feel sick because you have the flu. But you should feel worse because you spread it around to others. For no reason. It’s highly contagious. While you’ve been busy talking, coughing and sneezing, you’ve also been busy spreading the flu virus via the droplets, and larger emissions, that come form your nose and mouth. Anyone within six feet of you is vulnerable. You’ve also deposited the virus on any surfaces that your droplets have contacted. If someone else touches that surface, then touches their own mouth, nose or eyes, they very likely have picked up the virus.

Let’s say you are a stand-up kind of person and we give you the benefit of the doubt. It is possible to spread the virus without knowing that you yourself are sick. As an adult you can infect others beginning one day before your symptoms develop and up to seven days after you are full blown sick. Children can pass the virus for longer than seven days. Symptoms will start to appear one to four days after the virus enters your body.

That means that you may be able to pass the flu on to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. And get this: some people may be infected with the flu virus while having no symptoms. And during this time, those people can still spread the virus to others.

Mother told you to cover your moth when you cough. And to cover your nose when you sneeze. Do these two things, sick or not, and you’ll do a lot to prevent spreading germs. And if you know you are sick, go to the doctor!