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Singer, song writer and producer Prince passed away at 57 yesterday. While the exact cause of his death is unknown, reports claim that he was fighting a long battle with the flu. While flu is a deadly disease which affects thousand every year, not everyone takes it seriously.
Caused by the influenza virus, the symptoms of flu include cold, cough, runny nose, chills, fever, muscle pain and weakness. It is more severe than a common cold and can spread very quickly. Flu can be fatal if not diagnosed and treated at the right time.
Complications of flu include inflammation of the lungs leading to breathing difficulties. Inflamed lungs make it difficult for oxygen to pass from the lungs to the blood and the blood becomes oxygen deprived. Also, a person suffering from the flu has a weak immunity which increases his/her chances of contracting secondary infections. Another complication of flu is multiple organ failures which often leads to death.
Preventing the spread and protecting yourself from the flu--
There are several measures one can take to protect himself from the flu. The most important thing is visiting the doctor immediately after you start showing the signs and symptoms of flu. Also, completing the course of medicines and taking complete rest is important. If you are diagnosed with the flu, avoid coming in contact with others. Cover your mouth and nose which coughing and sneezing. Wash your hands after you sneeze. Avoid touching surfaces like keyboards, door knobs, etc with unclean hands. Change your beds and pillow covers regularly to prevent the spread.
Drink warm water and soup to relieve nasal congestion. You can also inhale steam to relieve the congestion. Gargle with warm water and salt to soothe a sore throat.
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