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Can flu be transmitted through air?
Key takeaways: The flu is mainly spread by breathing in air from infected people when they cough, sneeze, or talk. People can also get the flu by touching a surface that has the virus on it and then touching their eyes, nose, or mouth.
Can you get the flu from touching a surface?
The flu is far easier to spread, requiring no contact at all. It’s also possible to spread the flu via surface contact. If a sick person coughs into their hand and then touches a doorknob or other surface, those who touch that same surface after and then touch their face can become infected.
What 2 things can spread the flu?
These viruses spread when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk, sending droplets with the virus into the air and potentially into the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. You can also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching your own mouth, eyes or nose.
How do I avoid spreading the flu?
By practicing a few simple rules at home, you can help keep your family healthy and prevent the flu from spreading.
- Get vaccinated.
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Wash your hands often.
- Limit contact with family members who are ill.
- Clean your home.
- Practice healthy habits.
Can you get the flu from sitting next to someone?
People are much more likely to get infected with the flu from being around other sick people than they are from touching virus-laden surfaces. Person-to-person transmission of the flu can happen when an infected person is talking, coughing, sneezing, or even just breathing near someone else.
Can you catch the flu just by being in the same room?
Cold and flu viruses are not airborne. You can’t catch a cold just by being in the same room as someone who’s sick. You generally have to come into direct contact with their oral or nasal secretions.
How long does the flu virus live in the air?
Flu viruses can survive as droplets in the air for hours and on surfaces for up to a day but can only survive on tissues for 15 minutes (4). Bearing this in mind, if you do catch the flu: Use tissues to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
Does influenza spread easily?
Person to Person. People with flu can spread it to others up to about 6 feet away. Most experts think that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.