The Swine Flu: Rather Than Panic Use Common Sense

If you stay current with the news, you might be worrying about the swine flu. This form of the flu affects a person’s respiratory system, and in the severest of cases can be fatal. You need to be cautious to help reduce your risks of being infected. However, you should not be living in fear of the swine flu. Although it can cause fatal complications in some instance, it is not likely to cause that result in most people or most cases.

Use some common sense to help reduce your risk of contracting the swine flu and to help minimize the spread of this illness. One of the best things you can do to help protect yourself from the swine flu (or any flu for that matter), is to wash your hands often. When you are out in public, you need to wash your hands each time you use the restroom and before you eat. You should also wash your hands after you touch shopping carts, public telephones and public ATM machines.

Carry sanitizing wipes or water free hand sanitizing soap with you each time you leave the house. Disinfect your hands anytime that you touch something that could be contaminated. Remember to wash your hands once you return home. When washing your hands for safety, a quick rinse will not do the trick. Take the time to lather and rinse your hands thoroughly. Scrub a few inches up the length of your arm as well. Even when you are at home, wash your hands several times throughout the day.

Wash your children’s hand (including babies) throughout the day. If your children are old enough to wash their hands on their own, instruct them to wash their hands before eating at school and after athletic activities. Remind them to wash their hands if they are visiting a friend. You should also remind your children and even teenagers not to share drinks or food with their peers.

Be especially careful when you must visit the hospital or doctor’s office. Wash your hands before, during and after your visit to the doctor’s. If there are confirmed cases of the swine flu in your area, you might even want to wear a sterile face mask when you need to visit a healthcare facility.

Eat out less frequently during the swine flu outbreak. You should probably avoid food buffets all together. There are many germs that can be passed on the serving utensils and the food itself. Make an effort to eat more often at home. Doing so can be better for your health all the way around. If you order food from a fast food restaurant or a food stand, make certain that everyone handling the food is wearing gloves. Again, it is best to eat at home instead.

Take a day or two off from work if you feel ill. Consult your doctor if you think there is any chance that you might be suffering from the swine flu. Never sneeze or cough without covering your mouth. It is a good idea to sneeze or cough into your sleeve rather than on your hands where you can more easily spread germs. Take all precautions to prevent the spread of the swine flu as instructed by your doctor if you are infected.

Encourage a co-worker to go home if they are displaying signs of the flu. You can all work together to help prevent the spread of the swine flu and any other form of the flu. If you run your own company, make sure employees know that you do not expect them to come to work if they believe they might have any type of flu. It is better to keep your family, yourself and your employees safe.

Recognize some of the potential symptoms of the swine flu. Of course, many of these symptoms can also be signs of other strains of the flu or even the common cold. During this outbreak, however, it is better to have your symptoms evaluated if you believe there is any possibility that you have been exposed to someone with the swine flu. Symptoms can include headaches, sore throat, congestion, respiratory symptoms, cough and the fever, You can also experience diarrhea, vomiting, chill and other more severe symptoms. If in doubt, talk to your physician and be evaluated as recommended.

If you have health problems, use extra caution during times when there is an increased in reported cases of the swine flu. Spend more time at home and be extra vigilant about washing your hands and taking other precautions when away from home. Apply the same common sense if you have young children or are responsible for the care of an elderly family member.

Some common sense can go a long way in helping to put a stop to the spread of the swine flu.

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