Sickness in the Season


Za'Riah Smith and Shyanne Senchantixay

One thing we know that comes every year is not just Santa Claus it is also cooties. This year the flu and pneumonia are bad. The cases are high and are skyrocketing like crazy. The Flu is a very contagious respiratory illness. This is caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. People who are 65 years and older, young children, or people with certain health conditions, are at higher risk or serious types of the Flu. Did you know that there were two types of the Flu? You have Type A and typically most people who have the Type A flu are infected with the influenza Type A virus. Symptoms of Influenza A include fever and chills, sneezing, coughing and a sore throat. As well as infecting people, the Influenza A virus can infect animals, including birds and pigs. Influenza B virus is like Type A, but it only passes from human to human. Coming from a fellow classmate who has had the flu she says that “the flu was worse than Covid in my opinion, it was way worse and felt like I would never get better.” Another classmate states that “I get sick very easily and whenever one person in my family gets sick its spreads throughout my house. Depending on how hard the flu hits it was worse than what some of my family experienced with Covid.” My aunt who is a children’s nurse, said she deals with many children admitted to having the flu and since its flu season it is worse than any other time of the year. According to many specialists, flu viruses are mostly transferred by the little droplets produced when infected people cough, sneeze, or talk. People close to them may catch these droplets in their mouths or noses. Less frequently, someone can contract the flu by contacting anything on a surface that contains the virus and then touching their own mouth, nose, or potentially eyes.