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Stacy Wiegman, PharmD, Pharmacy, answeredThe flu is spread by a type of germ known as a virus. The flu (influenza) virus exists in microscopic drops of liquid that one person can pass to others by coughing, sneezing or even talking. These droplets containing the flu virus can also be spread when they land on everyday objects, such as telephones or tabletops. If you touch an object that has the virus on its surface, you can infect yourself with the flu.
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Most experts believe 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. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes, or possibly their nose.
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Intermountain Healthcare answeredThe flu spreads from person to person, mostly through the coughs and sneezes of a person who is sick with the virus. Sometimes people may become infected by touching a surface or object with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.
People with the flu can infect others starting 24 hours before they first have symptoms and lasting 5 to 7 days or more after they have symptoms. This can be longer in some people, especially children and people with weak immune systems.
Susie Whitworth, PhD, Nursing, answeredThe flu is pread from person to person by droplets when the infected person coughs, talks, or sneezes. The droplets can travel up to 6 feet. The flu can also be spread by touching an object with the flu virus on it. The flu can be spread to others from 1 day before symptoms develop to 7 days after symptoms develop.