Tips for Preventing Swine Flu
Swine flu is a contagious respiratory disease causing acute distress, usually caused by a variant of swine influenza ‘A’ virus. Swine flu commonly characterised by flu like symptoms is spreading across the world.
The following are some of the precautions to take for preventing Swine flu:
1. Avoid remaining in closed environments for long periods of time, or within closed groups of people, especially if any one or more of them appear to be ill, tired, fatigued, etc.
2. A good way to go is to increase your immunity. Eat well . Eat fresh cut vegetables and fruits after washing them thoroughly, and only consume nutritious food.
3. Swine influenza viruses are not transmitted by food. But it is always good practice to ensure that meat is freshly procured, or if stored, it should be stored in frozen compartments. In any case use it immediately — cooking it well and at temperatures high enough to kill any virus
4. Always keep your body hydrated, so drink plenty of water as possible. Herbal teas are also great.
5. You can use surgical disposable masks, cloth masks or any clean cloth. While they may not provide you 100% protection, they may be able to prevent you from getting infected to a certain extent. Do not touch your mouth mask once you have worn it until and unless you are going to remove it.
6. If you sneeze, keep a disposable tissue in front of your mouth, after sneezing or blowing your nose throw the tissue away. Wash your hands often, especially if after blowing your nose/sneezing and before you eat. Use a disinfectant when possible or just use soap and water.
7. Wash hands constantly to avoid swine flu. Anything you touch may be affected, so keeping hands clean will help you avoid infection. Carry hand sanitizer with you. If you have things others have touched, use your hand sanitizer to avoid swine flu infection. In addition, avoid shaking hands or other hand to hand contact whenever possible.
8. Be aware of life-threatening complications which might develop such as Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, Severe or persistent vomiting, Sudden dizziness, not drinking enough fluids etc.
9. If you suffer from any symptoms akin to common flu, including fever, then consult your physician immediately. As with any medical condition, prevention of swine flu is preferable to treatment.
10. More useful may be a vaccine. Several Western nations have begun human trials of swine flu vaccine. Both Tamiflu and Relenza are antiviral medicines that are currently effective against some strains of Swine Flu. These medicines should be taken within 36 hours of flu infection for maximum effectiveness.