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5 major causes of pneumonia and how you can prevent it

You can get pneumonia through bacterial, fungal, or viral infections. You can also get aspiration pneumonia, which is when you inhale food, or hospital-acquired pneumonia. To prevent pneumonia, get the flu shot, wash your hands, and stop smoking. Visit Insider’s Health Reference library for more advice. Pneumonia is a lung […]
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Meet the young leaders transforming healthcare

Welcome to Business Insider ‘ s daily healthcare newsletter , your daily dose of pharma, biotech, and healthcare news. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every weekday. Hello, Now that we’ve made it through the first presidential debate — some big news from the healthcare team: We’ve […]
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How children’s coronavirus symptoms compare with those of the flu

As flu season arrives, researchers are trying to distinguish symptoms to tell the difference between seasonal flu and the novel coronavirus. Children in particular tend to have irregular or no symptoms of coronavirus, making it possible for them to spread the disease without being sick themselves. A new study found […]
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CDC, major vaccine manufacturers ramp up production of flu shots as the US braces for the potential simultaneous impact of the coronavirus and the seasonal flu

Major vaccine manufactures are planning to make millions more flu vaccine doses ahead of the fall amid mounting concern from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Vaccine manufacturers are planning to boost production of flu shots by about 10%, making 189 million flu shots in comparison to 170 million last year, The […]
CDC, major vaccine manufacturers ramp up production of flu shots as the US braces for the potential simultaneous impact of the coronavirus and the seasonal flu
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How long do flu germs live on hard surfaces, fabric, and skin

The influenza virus that causes the flu can live for up to three days on hard surfaces like subway poles and door handles. The influenza virus can only live for about 8 to 12 hours on fabric. Since skin produces anti-microbial substances that kill germs, the flu virus can only […]
How long do flu germs live on hard surfaces, fabric, and skin
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How to tell if you have a fever without a thermometer

You can tell if you have a fever without a thermometer by checking for a few common symptoms. The most common symptoms associated with a fever are feeling hot or flushed, chills, body aches, sweating, dehydration, and weakness. If you’re experiencing one or more of these symptoms, and you feel […]
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11 surprising ways pandemics have changed the course of human history

In an effort to contain the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, authorities have encouraged social distancing and the CDC has discouraged groups of people bigger than 10. This has facilitated a culture where a majority of the workforce is remote. Here are some of the other surprising ways pandemics have […]
11 surprising ways pandemics have changed the course of human history
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Does cold air kill germs? No, it helps viruses spread

Cold air does not kill germs. The cold can actually make it easier for viruses to spread, since most viruses are covered by a protective capsule that melts in the heat. Cold air can also dry our nasal passages, which leaves sinuses vulnerable to infection from viruses. This article was […]
Does cold air kill germs? No, it helps viruses spread
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How to break a fever naturally and what medications can help

You can help break a fever by resting, drinking plenty of fluids, and cooling the skin with ice packs or a washcloth. Medication, such as ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol), can also help reduce fever symptoms. Most fevers will resolve themselves within a week, and following these strategies can help […]
How to break a fever naturally and what medications can help
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What causes a fever and when to seek medical attention

Infections are the most common cause of a fever, as your body increases temperature to fight off the virus or bacteria causing infection. Respiratory infections often cause fever – like the flu, bronchitis, or pneumonia – along with gastrointenstinal infections like food poisoning or a stomach virus. COVID-19 can also […]
What causes a fever and when to seek medical attention
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How to get rid of a cough and whether medication can help

You can get rid of a cough by staying hydrated, coughing effectively to clear mucus, using cough drops or honey, and breathing moist air. Research has not found that cough medications are very effective, though they may help alleviate some symptoms in certain cases. To get rid of a cough, […]
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Insider medical review board

Got a question about your health? Insider is here to help. We offer a library of medically-reviewed articles about common health questions. Here is our medical review board who helps us make sure you’re getting the best advice out there. Infectious disease and immunology Tania Elliott, MD, who specialises in […]
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Can dogs get the flu from humans? Yes, and your cat can too

You can infect your pet with the flu simply by being near them when you’re sick and petting them. Symptoms include mild cough, difficulty breathing, sneezing, lethargy, fever, and reduced appetite. If your pet becomes sick with the flu, provide support, keep them hydrated, and ask the vet about prescription […]
Can dogs get the flu from humans? Yes, and your cat can too
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How the flu vaccine is made

The flu vaccine contains three or four strains of flu type A and B viruses. These viruses are injected into eggs or added to cell cultures, where they will grow and multiply. After that, the viruses are killed or weakened for the vaccine. This article was reviewed by Graham Snyder, […]
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What causes muscle aches with the flu and how to ease them

Muscle aches from the flu are caused by inflammation from the flu virus wreaking havoc on the body’s cells. The aches should subside once the virus leaves the body, which could be anytime between a few days and two weeks. Resting, avoiding exercise, applying heat, and taking anti-inflammatories can help […]
What causes muscle aches with the flu and how to ease them
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How to use a neti pot to flush your sinuses in 3 steps

To use a neti pot safely, make sure you’re filling it with distilled or properly sterilized water to avoid possible infection. After filling the neti pot, tilt your head sideways and pour the liquid into one nostril and wait for it to exit through the other nostril, ideally carrying any […]
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Yes, you can you get the flu more than once a year

At least some of the 9.7 million people infected with the flu this season will get the flu again before the year is up. But it probably won’t be from the same strain of influenza virus. Influenza viruses come in four main types: A, B, C, and D. This year, […]
Yes, you can you get the flu more than once a year
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Yes, you can still get the flu after a flu shot

You can still get the flu after being vaccinated. If you get the shot too early in the year, its effectiveness could wane, according to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. The flu vaccine can take the average healthy adult’s immune system up to two weeks to build up […]
Yes, you can still get the flu after a flu shot
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When infants can get the flu shot

Your infant is eligible for their first flu shot once they’re 6 months old. Many children who are getting their flu shot for the first time will need two injections. In 2019, the Food and Drug Administration approved a higher dose of Fluzone Quadrivalent – an ingredient in the flu […]
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What to eat when you have the flu, recommended by doctors

Water is the best thing you can take to help you get over the flu. Some of the best foods you can eat when you have the flu are broth, leafy greens, fruits high in vitamin C, and oatmeal. Yogurt is abundant in vitamins that can help decrease intestinal malfunction, […]
What to eat when you have the flu, recommended by doctors
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When is flu season and why there is a flu season in the first place

In the Northern Hemisphere, flu season typically begins in October and peaks between December and February, with cases continuing as late as May. The virus survives better in cold weather because it has a protective gel-like coating that allows it to survive in the air and be passed from person […]
When is flu season and why there is a flu season in the first place
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The flu is highly contagious, especially in the first 4 days

The flu is highly contagious. The flu virus is most contagious in the first three to four days after you get it, even if symptoms haven’t appeared yet. The flu is no longer contagious once your temperature has returned to normal and you’re fever-free for at least 24 hours. This […]
The flu is highly contagious, especially in the first 4 days
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The flu shot is 46% effective for this year’s 2020 flu season

Data so far indicates that this year’s flu vaccine is 45% overall effective, according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The flu vaccine was more effective against flu type B this year compared to flu type A. This article was reviewed by Tania Elliott, MD, who specialises […]
The flu shot is 46% effective for this year’s 2020 flu season
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How to prevent the flu, according to doctors

The most effective way of preventing the flu is to get the flu vaccine each year. Beyond getting the flu vaccine, washing your hands regularly, eating a healthy diet, and exercising regularly can help you fight off the flu vaccine. This article was medically reviewed by Tania Elliott, MD, who […]
How to prevent the flu, according to doctors
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How to wash your hands and how long it takes to get clean

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that washing your hands is one of the best ways to protect yourself from the coronavirus. Wash your hands for around 20 seconds to rinse away germs and avoid illness. Hand soap is more effective than hand sanitizer at protecting you […]
How to wash your hands and how long it takes to get clean
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How to get rid of a runny nose from both allergies and illness

The first step to stopping a runny nose is determining if it is caused by allergies or something else – like a cold, the flu, temperature changes, or irritants like perfume. If you have a runny nose because of allergies, your best bet is to take an antihistamine. But if […]
How to get rid of a runny nose from both allergies and illness
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Bill Gates warned that a devastating ‘quirk of nature’ could kill 30 million people in less than a year. Experts say we’re still not doing enough to prepare.

In 2017, Bill Gates warned that if a pandemic virus like the Spanish flu of 1918 that killed 50 million people hit the world today, it could still finish off “more than 30 million people in less than a year.” Researchers at the World Health Organisation’s Global Preparedness Monitoring Board […]
Bill Gates warned that a devastating ‘quirk of nature’ could kill 30 million people in less than a year. Experts say we’re still not doing enough to prepare.
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The 10 health questions everyone was Googling in 2018 — answered

Google released its annual list of the most searched health questions of 2018, CNN reported on Friday. This year, people were most curious about the keto diet, a weight-loss program that comes with a lengthy list of pros and cons. People were also wondering about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, […]
The 10 health questions everyone was Googling in 2018 — answered
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23 health stories that terrified us in 2018

In 2018, several medical discoveries were made and health myths were debunked. There were also several health horror stories that shook people to their core. Some of these stories were stranger than fiction, like leaky brains and hairy tongues. Others were more serious, like fewer people opting for vaccinations and […]
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This animation shows how far your sneeze can actually travel

Flu season is underway and if you’ve ever wondered how contagious you are if you keep going to work when you’re sick, some research might make you want to stay home. Researchers studied how far germs can travel when you sneeze and cough – i t’s not just about the […]
This animation shows how far your sneeze can actually travel
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5 little ways you could be spreading your germs to others

This cold and flu season, you could end up inadvertently passing your germs to others. If you’re sick, your germs can spread when you talk to other people, and when you don’t stay home from work or school. Germs can also spread easily if you wash your hands incorrectly. If […]
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The single most effective way to unclog your nose

Cold and flu season is fast approaching. Break out the antibacterial gel. You’re unlikely to avoid getting ill altogether, so here are a couple of techniques to try if you get a blocked nose. It’s coming up to that time of year where everyone in your office is going to […]
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