Aussie flu has been wreaking havoc across Britain – at the beginning of this week the virus was recorded in every postcode in the UK.
Shock figures released yesterday by Public Health England, 85 people have died from influenza since October 5, with 27 of those going in the first week of January.
Almost 2,000 people have been hospitalised by flu this winter, the report also revealed, and one in four of those cases were caused by deadly Aussie flu.
The flu strain – H3N2 – swept through Australia over its winter with 170,000 cases recorded, including a number of deaths.
Aussie flu symptoms: How contagious is the virus?
Some people can be infected with the flu virus but have no symptoms. During this time, those persons may still spread the virus to others
How contagious is the flu?
Most healthy adults may be able to infect other people beginning one day before symptoms develop and up to five to seven days after becoming sick, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The health agency adds: “Children may pass the virus for longer than seven days.
“Symptoms start one to four days after the virus enters the body. That means that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick.
“Some people can be infected with the flu virus but have no symptoms. During this time, those persons may still spread the virus to others.”
Aussie flu symptoms are similar to those caused by normal flu but more severe (GETTY)
Aussie flu symptoms: People can carry the flu and not show any symptoms (GETTY)
The symptoms are similar to those caused by normal flu, but more severe.
The NHS outlines nine flu symptoms:
- A sudden fever – a temperature of 38C or above
- Aching body
- Feeling tired or exhausted
- Dry, chesty cough
- Sore throat
- Difficulty sleeping
- Loss of appetite
- Diarrhoea or tummy pain
- Nausea and being sick
Aussie flu symptoms: Medical professionals are advising people to wash their hands (GETTY)
How is the flu spread?
A person with the virus can spread it to others up to dix feet away.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explained: “These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth or nose.”
The health agency recommends people stay away from people with the illness and to stay at home if they themselves are sick.
Britons can reduce their risk of spreading and catching the flu by washing their hands often with warm water and soap.
Further prevention methods include using tissues to trap germs when you cough and sneeze.
The NHS has also outlined how best to protect against and treat symptoms of the flu.