How Influenza Spreads

How Influenza Spreads

Influenza is one of those perfectly infectious viruses. It’s transmitted in micro droplets and aerosolized when we sneeze and cough. It gets on our hands and we touch things and it can live a little bit longer in the environment than many viruses can. You go onto the subway, somebody sneezes on you, somebody blows

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How Seasonal Influenza Viruses Evolves

How Seasonal Influenza Viruses Evolves

Every year the flu virus takes a kind of a worldwide journey. There are new strains, new combinations of flu that emerge in different countries and then spread out. All influenza viruses, if you look at how they’re constructed genetically, you can see they’re a family. Some of these however are found in just people.

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Why Is Influenza so Dangerous?

Why Is Influenza so Dangerous?

Influenza is an acute respiratory disease, which is caused by infection of the respiratory tract by influenza viruses. When you have full blown influenza, you know it. You have fever, you have aches and pains, you have cough, sore throat, muscle aches throughout. You have chest pain, joint pain, not being able to get out

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Why Study the 1918 Influenza Pandemic?

Why Study the 1918 Influenza Pandemic?

NIAID asked Dr. Taubenberger why he studies 1918 influenza. “You know, I think that a lot of people assume that studying the 1918 flu is just sort of a question of historical curiosity, you know, that we’re just scholars and we’re just interested in some remote thing that happened a hundred years ago, and it

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Where Did Influenza Come From?

Where Did Influenza Come From?

The name influenza comes from the Italian word for ‘influence’. It goes back to the 1500s when people didn’t know what caused these epidemics of coughing and headache and muscle ache and death. Nobody knew about viruses, so people believed that their health was being determined by the stars and the influence of the stars

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