We all see the headlines about the coronavirus, but we need to be aware that in our area, the flu is the biggest threat at the moment. According to WMUR Officials with the Department of Health and Human Services have confirmed that nine adults have died from the flu this season in New Hampshire.

The flu is prevalent in our area and cases have increased by more than 5 percent in just the past week. I know a lot of people just want to push through and not miss work but to halt the spread of the flu it is important to stay at home if you are sick. The flu is the most contagious in the first 24 to 48 hours of infection so you may be spreading it before you even know you are sick according to reporting from WMUR.com.

It’s critical that you wash your hands frequently and cover your mouth when you cough. The flu is most dangerous to small children and adults that have underlying health issues. And just a reminder, it’s not too late to get a flu shot! Let’s not get caught up in the hype about a virus that has a small number of cases in the United States and stay focused on the real threat of the flu to us living in New Hampshire.