Seven Surprising Facts About Colds & Flus

By Katie Waldeck
11/11/2013 10:15:05 AM

Cold and flu season is just around the corner. Are you ready? Read on to check out some of the most surprising facts about colds and flus.

You can monitor outbreaks in your area through the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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1. Fact: If There's Only One Thing You Can Do, It's this.

Don't want to get sick this year? Your best defense is regularly and thoroughly washing your hands. You should be spending at least 20 seconds rubbing your hands. For more information, click here.

2. Fact: Exercise Can Prevent Colds and Flus.

Regular physical activity actually boosts your immune system, which can shorten the time you're sick, and even prevent you from getting sick all together.

3. Fact: The Flu Can Be Very, Very Deadly.

In 1918 and 1919, about 3-5% of the world's population, roughly 50 million people, died from the so-called "Spanish flu." That's more people than died in any of the 20th century's wars, and is likely the most deadly pandemic in human history. Yes, this is an extreme example, but even in the mildest of flu seasons, thousands of people die. In the past 30 or so years, the death toll in the United States has ranged from 3,000 to 49,000 people.

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