Flu symptoms: The unexpected item that could trigger the highly infectious winter illness

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Hospitalisations for flu are ten times higher than last year’s, according to Public health England’s latest figures.

But while health officials are urging people eligible for the flu jab to come forward, a medical expert has revealed a dirty phone screen could be the cause of flu symptoms.

Dr Shikha Pitalia, GP and director at Pall Mall Medical told The Mirror: “The average Brit checks their phone every 12 minutes when they’re awake and coupling this with poor hand hygiene and a dirty smartphone screen creates the perfect storm for many of us to pick up the flu this winter.

“Flu can be a serious condition, particularly for children, pregnant women and the elderly and we should all be taking simple yet effective steps in order to minimise the risk of us contracting or spreading the virus.”

READ MORE: Norovirus outbreak: Almost 3,000 cases reported in England – symptoms to look out for


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