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Published on December 29, 2016

Cone Health Asks Visitors With Flu Symptoms to Avoid Visiting Friends and Family Who Are in the Hospital

The number of flu cases is picking up in the area.

Cone Health asks that anyone who has flu symptoms not visit friends or family who are in the hospital. Influenza can be very dangerous – or even deadly – to people in hospitals.

“People in the hospital are usually recovering from surgery or battling diseases that leave their immune system weakened,” says Cone Health System-wide Director of Infection Prevention Melissa Morgan, RN. “If you have flu symptoms, please call or Skype to let your family member or friend know that you care for them. We want to keep the flu out of our hospitals.”

Cone Health has seen the number of people seeking care because of fevers, chills and that feeling of “being hit by a truck” increase in recent days. About 6 percent of people seeking care in Cone Health emergency departments have flu-like symptoms. That number was around 5 percent a week ago.

Most flu cases run their course in several days and symptoms can be helped with over-the-counter medications. For individuals who experience fever that lasts for several days, Cone Health recommends that they contact their physician or visit a Cone Health urgent care center. More information about the flu is available from the Centers for Disease Control at

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