I have flu 365 days a year and God knows the numerous times I’ve been prescribed anti-biotics and desi remedies to get rid of it. And interestingly, there is always this one family member who is a self-proclaimed Doctor and advises on how to cure flu, which could either be or right. But honestly, I don’t think anyone knows how how to cure and/or treat flu.

So, I had to test my theory if what all I’ve read and heard is helpful or not every time I have flu. Some myths are plain ridiculous to read, therefore I’m addressing the ones I know to separate fact from myth.

FLU IS A COMMON COLD

Sneezing, running nose, cough, hoarseness, soar throat are repercussions of flu, so don’t take flu like a thing you have, and you’ll be fine the next morning. It can get worse if it’s not treated with a shot, or medication.

A FLU SHOT WILL PROTECT YOU FROM GETTING FLU

Well that is not entirely true, because I got a flu shot last year and after 2 days I was sneezing with a runny nose. A vaccine will decrease the chances of you getting flu, however it won’t completely help you get rid of it. Just be sure to stay away from people who have flu and wash your hands regularly.

YOU CAN GET FLU DUE TO COLD WEATHER OR WET HAIR

You can only get the flu if you are exposed to the virus and that could be through someone or something. What you experience otherwise are just allergies.

YOU CAN’T SPREAD FLU

I don’t know why whoever said that you can’t spread flu. People who are about to have flu are carriers of symptoms which they can easily pass off to the next morning. Remember when your mom used to say, don’t drink in the glass of someone who has flu or cover your mouth and wash your hands immediately without touching another surface so you don’t pass your germs. In short, YOU CAN SPREAD FLU.

You just have to take the right precautions during flu season because you are bound to get it. So be safe and don’t forget to wash your hands.

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Written by Faryal Syed
Asst Editor. Blogger. Enthusiast.