A warning from health officials across the country, if you think you have the flu, stay home. Dr. Thomas Dancoes from St. Joseph Hospital says the H1N1 virus is widespread throughout the area right now. The symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, diarrhea, and vomiting. Unlike the cold, the symptoms will come on suddenly with H-1-N-1.If that’s what’s happening to you, you can assume you have the flu, and there’s no need to go to the emergency room, the best thing is to stay home.Dr. Dancoes says, “If you’re ill and you think you have H1N1, you come to the hospital you may, one, give it to other people, two, catch something more severe such as another viral illness or bacterial illness. And also it’s taking away from people who have true emergent conditions.”If you do have the flu, you should drink plenty of liquids, treat fever and body aches with over the counter medication, get plenty of rest, cover coughs and sneezes, keep surfaces clean with disinfectants, and stay home.You can spread the flu until 24 hours after your fever is controlled without medication. If you do have complications you should see a doctor, for example if you can’t control your fever, can’t stay hydrated, or you have trouble breathing.And there are several at risk groups who might want get checked out: very young children, people older than 65 and people with underlying diseases, like asthma.