Swine Flu has been all over the news ever since the first cases were discovered in Mexico, and there has been an even bigger panic as cases of the Flu have begun to show up in our own nation. Thousands of people are worried and confused about the recent threat and don’t know what to expect from this new disease. In order to handle swine flu properly there are several things one should do.
1: Understand it
When we hear about a dangerous new disease it is easy to panic. However, we all need to research so that we can recognize the flu if we come in contact with it. The Swine Influenza that has affected many people both in the United States and in Mexico is an influenza A virus that has not been previously identified in North America. The biggest difference between the Swine Influenza and other strains of the flu is that the Swine Flu has components of pig and bird influenza viruses in it, so humans don’t have immunity to it, making it more likely to become a pandemic.
2: Avoid catching it
It’s vital to take all the preventative measures you would with any normal flu virus including frequently washing or sanitizing your hands, eating healthy, and getting plenty of rest. If you know somebody that may have the flu, encourage him or her to get to the doctor and avoid contact with others.
3: Treat it
Swine Flu symptoms are very similar to those of any regular human flu including fever, cough, sore throat, body ache, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have experienced diarrhea and vomiting associated with Swine Flu. Just like seasonal flu, swine flu may cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions. If you or a loved one seems to be experiencing these symptoms, get to a doctor immediately. The faster the flu is detected, the less severe the symptoms will be.
4: Contain it
People who have the Swine Flu virus could potentially be contagious for up to 7 days after initial Flu symptoms. People who have been ill for longer than 7 days could also be contagious for a longer period, and children may be contagious for longer periods as well. If you have contracted the virus, take all precautions necessary to avoid spreading it until your doctor declares that you are no longer contagious.
Although the swine flu is scary, it is manageable. If everybody takes the precautions necessary, we will have minimal infection and harm done to the public.