This time of year is never fun when it comes to dealing with seasonal viruses. As if the dreary weather wasn't enough to dampen your spirits, the influenza (flu) virus decides to visit your family. It's all because someone forgot to wash their hands, and now your home is a cacophony of sneezes, coughs, and cries. This year in particular, however, it seems like the flu is spreading farther and hitting more severely than in previous years. So are there any signs you can look out for to catch and treat the virus? As it turns out, the 2018 flu symptoms are not only inconvenient, but really, really dangerous.
In addition to the typical high fever and body aches, some of the 2018 flu symptoms include respiratory issues, diarrhea, and pain — everywhere. The majority of people who have fallen victim to the flu this year are specifically catching the H3N2 virus. If you've managed to stay clear out of the virus's wrath, lucky you, but bear in mind that it's still spreading, so don't consider yourself in the clear yet. And if you're still due for a flu shot, there's still time to get one, though you should act fast. Of course those who think they're safe (for whatever reason), it's wise to take take every extra precaution to avoid catching the dreaded bug.
If you think you or someone in your family has fallen victim of the 2018 flu, here are the symptoms that could affirm your suspicions. Consider this a green light that you should make an appointment with a doctor STAT.