This year’s deadly flu season is reaching its peak — here’s how to tell if you’re contagious

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Business Insider—Shutterstock Flu sufferers can be contagious the day before they start showing signs of the virus. You're generally most infectious during the first two to three days of the illness. Experts say you can head back to work or school when you've been fever-free for a full 24 hours. Flu experts agree that this season is shaping up to be nasty in the US. In California alone, 27 people under the age of 65 have died from the flu, and 26 states (plus New York City) are now reporting high flu...

How to tell this year’s flu hysteria is all hype. Flu fear is in the air! Emergency rooms are swamped. Sore throat? Nasal congestion? Get thee to the hospital! Now! We know we should believe this because the media tell us so. The hype: “Get Ready, Some Medical Experts Are Predicting the Worst Flu Season In History,” declares a CNBC headline.  “Here’s Why the Flu...