Wednesday, August 12, 2009

H1N1 Swine Flu Prevention Tips and Precautions

H1N1 influenza is a pandemic viral disease caused by type A influenza viruses. The disease can spread from human to human and so we must take appropriate preventive measures personally.

Quarantine the infected

Persons who have contracted the disease should be completely isolated in a room with minimal contact with others. Patients must realize the importance of not spreading the virus to others by covering their nose and mouth with a tissue while coughing or sneezing.

Promote Personal Hygiene

Wash your hands with soap or alcohol based gels frequently. The virus spreads easily through the respiratory tract. Therefore avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Don't get close to the infected and maintain at least a 6-feet distance from the suspected. Wearing N-95 masks is highly recommended to filter the viruses.

Fortify your immune system

Children, pregnant women and people with cardiovascular and pulmonary problems are classified as high risk groups. Building antiviral resistance is critical to prevention. Eat healthy diet, drink plenty of water and get enough sleep to boost your immune system. Take vitamin supplements if necessary.

Sanitize your home

Clean your house regularly and wipe out the viruses with a strong disinfectant. Keep the pets away from the infected person. Properly dispose tissues and objects handled by the quarantined person and wash your hands after that.

Avoid frequent travel

Avoid visiting crowded places. When you reach home after work or a trip, make sure that you wash your hands properly. Gargle with warm salt water daily to relieve a sore throat. Saline nose drops are used to clear blocked nose.

Don't panic

Don't insist on getting tested for H1N1 without clear symptoms and prompt medical advice. You have more chance of acquiring the disease at hospitals and testing centers by interacting with the infected in close proximity.

Stay informed

The key to prevention is awareness. Keep yourself posted with the latest news and updates about H1N1 and learn about the disease.


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