I was panting like a dying walrus. The flu had arrived in full force

Michael Harding: When I got home, my nostrils felt like they were in the microwave

“The following morning the flu had arrived in full force.” Photograph: Getty Images

“The following morning the flu had arrived in full force.” Photograph: Getty Images

One morning last week I woke with a dry cough. And I had a pain in my back. By lunchtime my foot was throbbing. But because I didn’t associate foot pain with flu, I convinced myself that I needed new shoes.

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