I have been doing a lot of reading and listening about swine flu. I am generally not one to get overly nervous about things, but with Elias being in day care four days a week and a boy in Nashville dying from swine flu a few weeks ago, it has me a little nervous. It is spread just like the flu – mainly through coughing and sneezing of infected people. Here are some good tips I have found:
- Wash your hands often!
- Use hand sanitizer often – make sure it is at least 60% alcohol.
- When opening doors, if possible, use your arm or elbows, not hands.
- Avoid going out more than you have to – shop in bulk, get your Christmas shopping done early, etc. (This may seem extreme, but it makes sense. Think of how many people are in the stores and sick at Christmas! All the more reason to shop now.)
Signs and symptoms*
The symptoms of 2009 H1N1 flu virus in people include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. A significant number of people who have been infected with this virus also have reported diarrhea and vomiting. Severe illnesses and death has occurred as a result of illness associated with this virus.
How long can an infected person spread this virus to others?*
People infected with seasonal and 2009 H1N1 flu shed virus and may be able to infect others from 1 day before getting sick to 5 to 7 days after. This can be longer in some people, especially children and people with weakened immune systems and in people infected with the new H1N1 virus.
I’m curious – what are your thoughts on swine flu?
How are you preventing it from hitting your family?