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  1. Arti says:

    Wilk says. Blad says. “a few 30,000 to 50,000 Americans die each year from influenza. “While most people recover uneventfully, many people develop pneumonia afterward and a number of develop heart problems or neurological problems, which include Guillain-Barre syndrome,” explains Dr. The flu often resolves on its own after seven to 14 days, but a few people develop more severe illness. Wilks. “Antibiotics are utilized for treating infections caused by bacteria and are not effective for treating the flu. Treatment with oseltamivir or other drugs may decrease the risk of requiring hospitalization and death. “The flu is caused by a virus,” Dr. The short answer is simply this: no. “This year, COVID-19 throws us all a curveball,” Dr. Because of the prevalence of COVID-19 (and its similarities to the flu), doctors are encouraging patients to be even more vigilant about flu-like symptoms this year. “Because influenza and COVID-19 present with nearly identical symptoms, it’s important for anyone with flu-like symptoms—fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, cough, feeling unwell and others—to contact their primary care provider to be tested for the flu and for COVID-19 and not wait it out at home.

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