The flu is caused by the influenza virus. It looks like an old timey Russian
satellite. On the surface, it has neuraminidase, which gets the virus into
the cell and hemagglutinin which gets virus babies out. These are the H and the N numbers in any
particular flu strain. Unfortunately, these are constantly mutating, and therefore you can stay immune to the
flu. It’s because it’s an RNA virus, which copies itself very badly. Transmission is via SCAB: Secretions,
Contaminated surfaces, Air droplets, and Bird droppings. Up to
one-third people have no symptoms. These Manchurian candidates
pass it to those of us who do get symptoms, some of us who die. it spreads two days after a new
infection for five days, up to one day before you get symptoms, causing massive outbreaks.
Symptoms are SCHAMFF: Sore throat, Chills, Headache, Achy joints,
Muscle pain, Fever and Fatigue. These symptoms distinguish it from a cold.
it can progress to pneumonia, so watch for shortness of breath, or a recurrence of high fever after early
recovery. Prevent the flu by washing your hands, because soap kills it. And vaccinate!