Those suffering from a rotten case of man flu now face worrying news, you’re contagious for a lot longer than you thought.
Just because you’re feeling better after a few days of being bedridden does not mean you’re in the clear. According to a MedicalNewsToday as long as you’re battling the after effects, whether it be a cough that just won’t go away or a stuffy nose. You will get someone you’re close to sick. Keep your hands to yourself.
Worse yet, a sniffle you might think comes and goes in two to three days is sticking around for up to ten. Therefore you are probably suffering from debilitating man flu for a lengthy period. Luckily you can really stretch out the back rubs and sick days.
The more terrible flu or Man Plague also behaves in the same way, but in a much sneakier fashion. A day before your symptoms show up, you’re ‘shedding’ the virus. That train of people you were breathing near to? They’re all practically dying now because of you and your terrible immune system.
So what is the science behind this travesty? “The symptoms of the cold are caused by a large number of different viral strains, such as rhinoviruses, adenoviruses, and coronaviruses. It is nearly impossible for the body to build up resistance to all of these viral strains at once.”
You’re also rarely dealing with the same virus twice, which means it is possible to get sick consistently through the cold and flu season.
Our suggestion is to keep your hands clean, drink fluids and cover your cough when you let one loose. Don’t be one of those pricks that like to share.
Loaded staff writer Danielle De La Bastide has lived all over the planet and written for BuzzFeed, Thought Catalog as well as print publications throughout the Caribbean.