Influenza Research Paper

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What is Influenza? Influenza is a highly contagious viral infection of the respiratory passageways. Influenza causes a fever, severe aching, and catarrh. What is catarrh, you may ask? Catarrh is mucus. Specifically it is the build-up of mucus in the nose or throat. The build-up of this mucus makes it harder for you to breathe through these airways. What are the transmission routes of influenza? The influenza virus is a contagious virus. People with flu can spread it to others up to six feet away. Most experts think that the spread of the flu virus is mainly spread by droplets when people with influenza sneeze, cough, or talk. It can be transmitted through the air and coming in contact with someone that is ill.
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The Influenza pandemic was so severe that the life span in the U.S. had decreased by 10 years. The pandemic had spread all around the world as it was carried on trade routes. The origins of where this influenza variant originated is not known.
What are the symptoms of influenza? There are many symptoms to influenza. They can include fever or chills, coughing, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscles and/or body aches, headaches, fatigue or tiredness, and some people even experience vomiting and diarrhea. Also, there are many signs of influenza. Yes, signs do differ from symptoms! Signs in the medical field are usually objective, which means a doctor, nurse, or someone in the medical field can see what is going on with the patient. A symptom is usually subjective, which means a doctor, nurse, or someone in the medical field can’t see what’s wrong, such as a stomachache, they would only know what was wrong if the patient told them what was happening or what they were experiencing. Now that we have established a difference between signs and symptoms we can discuss some signs,

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