The Everett Herald reports on the number of Snohomish County residents who have tested positive for influenza.
Everett Clinic Dr. Yuan Po-Tu contributes:
“We may have seen the peak of the 2018-2019 outbreak,” said Dr. Yuan-Po Tu, who monitors influenza issues for The Everett Clinic.
“The levels are still very, very high,” Tu said. “But this is better than last week.
“My educated guess is that we are probably at the peak or just rolling over the top of the peak right now,” he said.
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How long are patients with influenza contagious?
Patients with influenza are the most contagious one day before symptom onset and while they have fevers and chills. Most adults are contagious with acute influenza for around five days. Antivirals can shorten the length of viral shedding. Infants can shed virus much longer and have usually much higher viral loads compared to adults. Infants with influenza can be contagious for seven days or even longer.
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The CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or other necessities. Your fever should be gone without the need to use fever-reducing medicine, such as Tylenol®. Until then, you should stay home from work, school, travel, shopping, social events, and public gatherings. The CDC also recommends that children and teenagers (anyone aged 18 years and younger) who have flu or are suspected to have flu should not be given Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) or any salicylate-containing products (e.g. Pepto Bismol®); these products can cause a rare, very serious complication called Reye’s syndrome. More information about Reye’s syndrome.
What should I do while I’m sick?
Stay away from others as much as possible to keep from infecting them. If you must leave home, to get medical care, wear a facemask if you have one, or cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Wash your hands often to keep from spreading flu to others.