In the midst of the flu season, it can be easy to miss the dramatic effect of the season, experts say.

    While there’s a tendency to view seasonal flu as a cold, flu pandemics can actually be highly infectious.

    That means a virus is circulating and it can make you feel sick.

    If you miss the flu, you’re likely to be exposed to a lot of flu.

    There are a few tips to make the flu a little less dramatic:Avoid wearing masks or gloves.

    If your immune system isn’t up to the task, wearing a mask and gloves can make it harder to get the flu.

    Use a nasal spray or cough syrup to stop coughing.

    If possible, try not to breathe in any air containing flu-causing particles, such as the viruses and bacteria that can be spread by coughing or sneezing.

    Avoid getting infected with a virus that is already circulating.

    Some viruses can cause flu-like symptoms, but they usually don’t cause severe illness.

    If you are experiencing symptoms of the pandemic, call your doctor or health care provider.

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