Doctors around the UK have been urging people to stay at home to recover from symptoms rather than visit the hospital – but there are some exceptions.
The reason it’s not recommended for people to go to hospital with symptoms is because noting can be done to treat common winter viruses like flu or Norovirus.
Instead, patients with symptoms should look after themselves at home.
Doctors are issuing the warning to prevent A&E departments becoming overrun during the busy winter months.
Dr Paul Fitzsimmons, consultant gerontologist at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, told the Liverpool Echo: “The flu or Norovirus are pretty easy and can make people feel very ill. However, most people do not need hospital care for these illnesses.
“Emergency departments are very busy at this time of year and those attending with minor illnesses will wait. This is so we can look after patients with serious or life-threatening conditions.”
But the flu can have fatal consequences for some groups of people.
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.
The NHS advises that if your symptoms do not improve after about seven days, if you’re concerned about your child’s symptoms, if you are 65 or older, pregnant or have a long term medical condition or you have a weakened immune system, then you should phone your GP for their advice.
The nine flu symptoms to look out for are:
- A sudden fever – a temperature of 38C or above
- Aching body
- Feeling tired or exhausted
- Dry, chesty cough
- Sore throat
- Difficulty sleeping
- Loss of appetite
- Diarrhoea or tummy pain
- Nausea and being sick
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)
A doctor has also recommended their best remedies to ease the cough and fever.