Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and most people are already thinking about how much fun they are going to have spending some quiet moments together with their loved one.
Not to take the buzz out of the whole celebration or anything, yet it looks like Valentine's Day might just be one of the worst times of the year to go kissing people.
Newswise reports that this is because February 14 happens to coincide with the peak season for infectious diseases.
To cut a long story short, some signs of affection could turn out to be more than enough to force an individual to succumb to bed rest for several days on end.
As explained by Jorge Parada, a specialist in infectious diseases currently working with the Loyola University Health System, “Mid-February is usually the peak season for infectious diseases, such as the seasonal and H1N1 flu, mononucleosis, colds and coughs.”
“And don’t rely on obvious signs of illness - such as sneezing or fever as a tip off. People with infectious diseases start shedding the virus before they experience the full effect of the illness,” Jorge Parada wished to emphasize.
Still, there is one solution to this problem: the run-of-the-mill flu shot, which can keep people from falling ill and help rescue Valentine's Day.