How To Protect Yourself From Swine Flu
Introduction: The rainy season is over and extreme humidity coupled with excruciating heat forces people to suffer from many seasonal diseases. One such disease, about which we keep hearing from different modes of media, is swine flu. Initially, it used to be disease, which would infect only those human beings who remain or work in proximity with pigs. However, by the year 2009, new strain of this virus emerged called H1N1, which started spreading from human to human.
Although many countries in the world have reported sporadic cases of loss of lives due to this disease, however, with each passing year it is becoming a sort of concern among the health professionals and the health authorities in India. In fact, the death toll has been constantly going northwards, with many cases being reported at periodic intervals from urban, semi-urban and rural areas of the country alike.
Symptoms of Swine Flu:
There is no unique set of symptoms associated with H1N1 infection, in fact, most the symptoms are almost identical to seasonal influenza. These include fever, appetite loss, headaches, tiredness, sore throat, coughing, sneezing, with many people reporting diarrhoea and vomiting too. How Does It Spread The mode of spreading of H1N1 virus is same as common flu, which is when infected people sneeze, cough or talk then small droplets scatter from their mouth or nose. These infected droplets are inhaled by other people and if there, the immune system is not strong enough to counter these viruses then they catch this disease.
People also get infected with this disease if they touch something or someone which is already contaminated with this virus - whether it is a door handle, an object, computers, gadgets, any utensils or any other thing whatsoever - and after that inadvertently touch their eyes or nose, which actually acts as a conduit for virus transmission in their bodies.
Ten Basic Steps for Prevention of Swine Flu (or any infection for that matter) Wash your hands properly and frequently with a good soap.
Avoid handshakes with people because you never know who is actually carrying this virus. It is better to do traditional practices of ‘Namaste’ (which actually confers the benefits of Acupressure) or ‘Salam’. These let you avoid any physical contact with other persons. Do not touch your eyes or the nose after you have been in public places with your friends or in between a crowd, only do so after you have thoroughly washed your hands with good quality soap.
It is best to stay away from the places where you expect large crowd gatherings because you never know who is actually infected with the virus. Maintain your physical activeness; be regular in your morning exercises and evening walks after your dinner. Keep yourself a hydrated drink at least at 10 glasses of water each day.
Consult your physician regularly for updated instructions as provided by health authorities specific to your locality. Keep your immune system strong, eat fresh food, and avoid outside or street food altogether, in and around rainy season at least. Taking healthy and deep sleep also boosts your immune system, so do not cut your sleep time.
However, do also keep in mind that it is the quality of sleep that matters, not the quantity. Some people get quality sleep in a 5 hours period and others might need 8 to 9 hours to make them recharge again. Take special care of the children; make sure they do not go outside to play in a crowded setting. After the come home, make sure to have them their hands wash properly. Be regular and proper in dusting and cleaning your house and rooms. Remember many people who visit your house, will sneeze, cough, and talk (obviously!). In doing so, inadvertently they scatter viruses on various surfaces which necessitate that you must be thorough in your cleaning.