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Can You Be A Flu Carrier but Not have Symptoms?

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Icon_missing_medium kitteagirl 41 posts

I’m just wondering. I work with a lady who said her children have to stay home from school because they had the H1N1 flu, but she did not have the flu herself. She had the grandma stay home and take care of the children, while she came to work. We really didn’t want her at the office. We didn’t know if she might come down with the flu yet herself. We knew you can pass it on a couple days before you develop symptoms. But…can you actually be a carrier of the flu if you get exposed to it, but not come down with the actual symptoms yourself…meanwhile giving it to others?

 
Icon_missing_medium t_kreuter 15 posts

Short answer: Yes.
Long answer: Yes, you can carry the virus and not have symptoms. H1N1 is not some evil parasitic demon that is set out to take over the world, it’s a virus, like the common cold, and it needs to be transferred in some form. Just because she isn’t showing symptoms doesn’t mean that she does not have the virus herself. The question is, what is she doing to prevent transmitting it? She can be a carrier, but as long as she is using hand sanitizer, washing her hands, coughing and sneezing in her arm, and basically trying to prevent the spread, she is okay to be out and about.

In the end, if she feels sick, she should stay home, but in the meantime, she just needs to be extra extra careful.

 
Icon_missing_medium kitteagirl 41 posts

Thank you, t_kreuter. I agree that there are a lot of people freaking out about the H1N1, many unnecessarily. This particular lady was a concern because she is always sneezing and coughing (not in her arm) and says it is allergies, which it may well be. However, under the circumstances, the people with children in the office didn’t want her there.

 
Icon_missing_medium jandj 8 posts

The problem with the virus is you are contagious upto 3 days before symptoms appear so you could have it and not know it and pass it around. It can be picked up anywere you go so you just take the precautions you can and hope you do not get it.





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