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Flu Virus Lives For Hours, Waiting On YouTo Pick It Up

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By Chris Cannon

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The nation is in the middle of one of the worst flu seasons in years, according to doctors. That has made it even more difficult to avoid getting sick.

Since you cannot live in a bubble you will most likely come in contact with someone else's germs during the course of your day.

"I try not to think about it too much. But yes, it does gross you out when you start thinking about how many germs you're touching everyday," said Tie Hodack who had lunch at Nashville's Farmers' Market Wednesday afternoon.

Everywhere you turn, from barbeque bottles to food trays, germs are there waiting and once they move in, they stay for a while.

"The CDC web site says somewhere between two and eight or ten hours you can actually find live virus," Dr. Bill Paul said.

The Metro Nashville Health Department said the germs are not only sitting there waiting, we actually help those germs infect us.

"People kind of rub their eye, or touch their nose, or what have you. It's more common than you think," said Dr. Paul.

You have to live your life, so staying germ free is impossible. But you can fight off those germs by taking simple, common steps.  Washing your hands, or using an alcohol based hand sanitizer is an important step.

Also, Dr. Paul said we all can play a part is slowing down the spread of the flu virus.

"If you're sick, and you have a fever, and you feel miserable, stay home," Dr. Paul said.

According to many doctors a flu shot is your best defense against getting sick. You still have time to get the vaccination because we still have a good amount of the flu season to get through. It takes two weeks for the shot to start working

But keep in mind, a flu shot does not protect the common cold. Washing your hands and practicing good hygiene are the best ways to stay well.

email: ccannon@newschannel5.com

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