(Protect Yourself) Swine Flu In India - Do's And Dont's

Swine flu is spreading like wildfire, taking the toll to six. Officials say there are currently more than 2,242 cases of the H1N1 flu strain in India . Governments from all around the world are finding ways to combat this deadly disease. So what can you do to protect yourself? Stay calm and practice these 10 effective prevention tips.

1. Wash your hands frequently

Use the antibacterial soaps to cleanse your hands. Wash them often, at least 15 seconds and rinse with running water.

2. Get enough sleep

Try to get 8 hours of good sleep every night to keep your immune system in top flu-fighting shape.

3. Keep hydrated

Drink 8 to10 glasses of water each day to flush toxins from your system and maintain good moisture and mucous production in your sinuses.

4. Boost your immune system

Keeping your body strong, nourished, and ready to fight infection is important in flu prevention. So stick with whole grains, colorful vegetables, and vitamin-rich fruits.

5. Keep informed

The government is taking necessary steps to prevent the pandemic and periodically release guidelines to keep the pandemic away. Please make sure to keep up to date on the information and act in a calm manner.

6. Avoid alcohol

Apart from being a mood depressant, alcohol is an immune suppressant that can actually decrease your resistance to viral infections like swine flu. So stay away from alcoholic drinks so that your immune system may be strong.

7. Be physically active

Moderate exercise can support the immune system by increasing circulation and oxygenating the body. For example brisk walking for 30-40 minutes 3-4 times a week will significantly perk up your immunity.

8. Keep away from sick people

Flu virus spreads when particles dispersed into the air through a cough or sneeze reach someone else’s nose. So if you have to be around someone who is sick, try to stay a few feet away from them and especially, avoid physical contact.

9. Know when to get help

Consult your doctor if you have a cough and fever and follow their instructions, including taking medicine as prescribed.

10. Avoid crowded areas

Try to avoid unnecessary trips outside. Moreover, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.

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Vatcan
19.8.09 delete

What a silly and arrogant thing to say. Or are you some sort of super-mutant alien hybrid with an immunity to all diseases? Or just inexperienced and poorly educated?

Do you honestly believe you can fight off all infectious diseases? If so you are probably slightly insane. If it were true of course you would be world famous and a billionaire as various medical agencies bid for the ability to study your miraculous immune system.

I could list hundreds of diseases that would kill you - even simple infections if left untreated. So these 'silly' do's and dont's which have saved millions of lives and probably even yours should not be ignored.

I guess you're also the sort of person who doesn't believe in vaccines and antibiotics?

Please justify your outrageously silly comment if you can.

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Anonymous
19.8.09 delete

I'm getting sick and tired from just hearing the word Swine flu, are they trying to induce symptoms by repeating it every day? It's ridiculous. My last flu was approximately 2 years ago, haven't been sick since, not even a cold.

I trust in the fact my body will instantly react on the introduction of this pathogen, fight it off while leaving me in a weakened state but fight it off nevertheless. No need for all the Do's and Dont's.

Anyway since the media hype of Swine flu the company i work for invested in anti-viral gels in the bathrooms, they increased cleaning of the offices and assigned people the role of informer for a specialised "Swine flu" hotline dedicated to fellow employees , ironically a few months back they decreased those same cleaning rounds to once a week instead of daily and had to lay off approx. 20% of their employees due to the global financial crisis ... why the sudden budget swifts in favor of the employees? Did they just start caring, do they know something we don't or are they getting funded?

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Anonymous
19.8.09 delete

In the UK we had up to 100,000 people a week catching this flu. A conservative estimate for the total number of infected people would be, say, 250,000. There have been 44 deaths. Giving a chance of death of around 1 in 5500.

This image shows that for the vast majority of people, you are more likely to die of something else than swine flu - car accidents, choking on your food, cancer, heart attack etc. etc.

The only age group that would be more at risk from swine flu than from everything else are 5-14 year-olds - and if you then take into account the fact that it is people with underlying health problems that are most affected by swine flu, this increased risk is negligible at most.

Yes, it's possible you might get infected by this flu. Yes, you might become quite ill. But you're no more likely to die than you are of seasonal flu, or in fact of anything else that might possibly kill you.

You should worry about swine flu about as much as you do as killing yourself falling over in the shower.

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Anonymous
19.8.09 delete

Hype generated by the news media in order to generate sales, then perpetuated by lobbyists for the pharmaceutical industry, finally capitalized on by politicians to justify their existence to the public in lieu of making any genuinely socially progressive policy (either through fear - look at what's happened to Obama - or due to their thrall to the wealthy elite that demand stability over progress to maintain their positions of influence).

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Anonymous
19.8.09 delete

This 'flu has a much higher potential to mutate into a more virulent form than most other diseases. Thus the 'hype'. To ascribe other motivations to public health officials is stupidity at best - paranoid delusion at worst - and an insult to the often hard-working and dedicated medical community.

I'm sure you 'It's nothing to worry about!' people will be amongst the first to complain when (not if) a much more virulent 'flu breaks out with mortality rates say of 30%. Read some history of 'flu outbreaks and then you'll understand the concern and not buy into some bizarre conspiracy theory.

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Anonymous
19.8.09 delete

I'm not saying that people shouldn't think about it at all, but as the mortality rate thus far is exactly thesame as seasonal flu I'm saying there isn't anything to worry about that we shouldn't already be worrying about.

There are certain categories of people that should take more care with the precautions mentioned by the OP - those under 14 and pregnant women for example, but for the majority of people with no underlying health problems this will be a nasty, but recoverable, illness when they catch it.

What does annoy me is the hype from the papers etc. when the facts are such as I have described. I should point out that figures and details of the disease have been sourced from the CDC and medicinenet.com, not made up by a crackpot!

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Anonymous
19.8.09 delete

No, the vaccine isn't to reduce the population, it's to turn people into zombies which will do the bidding of the CIA when they activate their mind control technology provided by the aliens, ... but don't worry I have developed an antidote to the vaccine. It's in limited supply, but if you join my mlm scheme now you can be sure you will be able to afford the 1000 dollars or euro. (Sterling prices available depending on current exchange rates.)

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Anonymous
19.8.09 delete

I recovered from swine flu 3 weeks ago.
Yes you get hot
Yes your skin feels like it's on fire
Yes your joints feel like they're being pulled apart
Yes the headache will not get any better no matter what painkillers you take

But hey will you lot get a grip unless your immune system is not up to strength there is not that much to worry about.

You'll be in bed four days but you will survive.

Before we get all the talk of stronger antibiotics, you get different strains of antibiotics but one is not stronger than another!
Besides flu is a virus and antibiotics will not kill it.

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Anonymous
19.8.09 delete

swine flu is just a cover. it's an experimental bioweapon developed by the NWO to control the global population. only a select few will receive the proper vaccinations. soon, certain unnamed factions will instigate a civil war in the US. once martial law is declared, a few well-placed operatives will induce global economic collapse. a few days later, the final version of the "swine flu" will be released from thousands of stations around the world. if you don't believe me you don't have a brain. oh, and aliens and ESP and Sylar are also involved, but that part's a secret.

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Anonymous
21.8.09 delete

Actually, going to the doctor simply for diagnosis is not the best idea. You'll only put others at risk of catching the disease and yourself if you don't have it. Rather you should go if you need to. Just knowing it is or isn't swine flu is pointless at this time since any treatment they might give you would be based upon the severity of the illness rather than the causative agent at this time.

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Deep
22.8.09 delete

Actually, going to the doctor simply for diagnosis is not the best idea. You'll only put others at risk of catching the disease and yourself if you don't have it. Rather you should go if you need to. Just knowing it is or isn't swine flu is pointless at this time since any treatment they might give you would be based upon the severity of the illness rather than the causative agent at this time.

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