Thursday, May 7, 2009

Swine Flu, How to Avoid It

Swine flu is a lot like our usual flu but it affects only pigs. This one, swine influenza A (H1N1), is affecting humans who have not been exposed to pigs. This suggests there might be human-to-human transmission.
How to avoid the flu? Try to avoid being exposed to respiratory droplets.

Hand washing or use of alcohol-based liquids
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth as those are direct entry points for viruses. Viruses can get on your hands when you touch infected objects.
Avoid close contact (6ft) with a sick person.

Symptoms of swine flu are very similar to the human flu: Cough, Fever/Chills, Sore throat, Fatigue/Body aches, Decreased appetite, sometimes with runny nose, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea

However, there is treatment for swine flu, ie. Tamiflu and Relenza (both prescription medications) They work on this virus but it needs to be started in the first 48 hours of symptoms. So it is important to contact your doctor right away if you have symptoms.

If you think you have the flu, just stay indoor and contact your physician right away. If you see your doctor, they might do a swab of your nose or mouth to confirm the virus. Your doctor would start you on treatment based on your symptoms and likelihood of having the illness.
Then, cover your cough and avoid close contact with others. You should maintain distance between you and other people. Cover your cough with a tissue.
Remember, there is no reason to panic. WHO are ready to handle the situation. Just follow the guidelines given by authorities.

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