Aussie flu symptoms: Dr Hilary reveals if wearing a mask protects against deadly strain

Appearing on Lorraine this morning, Dr Hilary Jones described this year’s flu outbreak as being a particularly “nasty flu season”. 

Alongside Aussie flu - the H3N2 strain of the virus - Britons have been infected by Japanese flu, and Dr Hilary says there are at least two other strains doing the rounds. 

The number of people being admitted to hospital with flu and visiting their GP with symptoms is on the rise, and people dying from influenza in England and Wales has reached the highest level since a devastating flu epidemic hit the UK three years ago. 

Dr Hilary’s advice - it’s not too late to get the flu jab. 

He said: “It’s still important to get your jab - we haven’t seen the peak yet of flu.” 

Another ways you can prevent getting the virus, according to Dr Hilary, is regular hand washing. 

Some people, including celebrities like Katy Perry, have been seen wearing masks to prevent getting the illness. But do they do anything?

Dr Hilary said: “Masks are worn to stop someone with flu or a cold giving it to someone. 

“The mask has got a function in stopping some of the droplets transmitting to other people. 

“It’s not 100 per cent, but it is something.” 

The symptoms of Aussie flu are similar to those caused by normal flu, but are more severe. 

The NHS outlines nine flu symptoms: 

  • A sudden fever - a temperature of 38C or above 
  • Aching body 
  • Feeling tired or exhausted 
  • Dry, chesty cough
  • Sore throat
  • Headache 
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhoea or tummy pain
  • Nausea and being sick 

Those most at risk of catching Aussie flu are the over 65s, pregnant women, young kids and those with chronic conditions like diabetes, lung and heart disease. 

How to treat flu

  • To help you get better more quickly, the NHS advises you to: 
  • Rest and sleep 
  • Keep warm 
  • Take paracetamol or ibuprofen to lower your temperature and treat aches and pains 
  • Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration (your pee should be light yellow or clear)

To help Britons combat the virus, Healthista spoke to a number of health experts to find out the natural cold and flu remedies they can’t live without.