The flu is in the air

WACO, Texas - The Bell County Health Department tells FOX 44 two people died from the flu last week.

The number of flu and flu-like illnesses remained high, with a surge of Type B flu cases.

In Waco, the virus hit a new high this season. There were 1,848 cases - most of them Flu-A.

On Tuesday, we showed you how the flu and other illnesses inspired all schools in Clifton to shut down this week. Now, a new study says the flu is so prevalent - you don't need to be near someone with the virus. You can catch it just by breathing.

There is a new study saying people with the flu can breathe out virus-laden particles, which can then float around for hours - waiting for you to breathe in.

This means you want to be extra careful when walking around well-traveled public areas like the mall or your gym - even your office or school. Any place with limited air flow.

Watch for fogged-up windows - those are a sign air-circulation is low.

Apart from avoiding these areas, the old standards are the best.

Wash your hands thoroughly and often. Cover your mouth during coughs and sneezes. Avoid people who don't do any of this.


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