Answers to Common Cold and Flu Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about cold and flu.

How is the flu virus spread?

Dr. Lauricella explains how the flu virus spreads. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

   

The flu virus is very contagious. People can spread it to one another from up to 6 feet away, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

When someone with the flu coughs, sneezes or talks, drops can come out of their mouth or nose and be inhaled or go in the mouth or nose of other people nearby, according to the CDC.

It is also possible – but less likely – for a sick person to spread the flu by touching something that another person then touches before touching their nose or mouth, according to the CDC.

Talk to your physician for more information about how the flu is spread.

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Source: Meghan Brewster, MD, Beavercreek Family Medicine; Nicholas Davis, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Christopher Lauricella, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Sally McIntyre, MD, Belmont Physicians; Josh Ordway, MD, Franklin Family Practice; Guillermo Trevino, MD, Covington Family Care; Lauren Roth, MD, Phillipsburg Family Care; Dori Thompson, MD, Springboro Family Medicine; Susan Davis-Brown, MD, Brookville Family Care; Amanda Fox, CNP, Dulan and Moore Dulan Family Wellness Center; Angelia Mickle, DNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Leelmohan Ravikumar, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Janet Smith, CNP, Southtown Family Practice; Aaron Block, MD, MPH, Franklin Family Practice; Anoopa Hodges, DO, Oakwood Primary Care

Guillermo “Bill” Trevino, MD

Guillermo “Bill” Trevino, MD

Miami County Internal Medicine

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Susan F. Davis-Brown, MD

Susan F. Davis-Brown, MD

Brookville Family Care

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