How to Prevent the Swine Flu

The World Health Organization (WHO) has raised the swine flu alert to a Phase 5 outbreak, the second highest level on its threat scale. Cases have turned up as far away as Switzerland, Australia and Israel. Globalization has made the spread of viruses and epidemics more virulent. So how can you prevent swine flu?

Wash your hands

Like colds, swine flu spreads through contact with the virus through touch. The best way to make sure you are not infected is to wash your hands regularly, with soap and hot water. Dry them well and refrain from touching your nose and mouth with your hands as germs spread that way. Frequent hand washing, especially when there has been contact with other people or with potentially contaminated surfaces is very helpful in preventing swine flu.

Avoid crowds

To reduce your risk of catching swine flu, you should avoid people who are couching and sneezing. They may just have a normal flu or cold, but it is better to be safe than sorry. If you can help it, don’t go to dense and packed locations. Public transportation, enclosed spaces, schools and restaurants are some examples of where many people congregate and are high risk zones. Limit your exposure to those who might be contagious and you reduce your risk of catching swine flu.

Avoid unnecessary travel

The first few cases of swine flu originated from Mexico, so unless you feel it is absolutely necessary, cancel your travel plans there for now. No borders have been closed, and WHO has indicated that border closings at this stage would be too late to contain the spread of swine flu.

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