The Swine Scare

swine_fluThe pigs are nasty creatures. So are Americans…! Look now what they have given us… another epidemic like situation.

Anyway, I guess you guys already know that now even Indians are getting affected by the new dreaded virus thick and fast. Swine Flu is another form of influenza found in pigs but now also spreading in humans. Primarily it does not look as scary as it looks like. But since humans have been infected by the H1N1 virus for the first time, there is no vaccine present yet. So that makes it scary, huh? Not to worry! Here are few simple steps you may follow in order to avoid getting affected by Swine flu. Precaution is always better.

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. Drink sufficient water

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 and going to crowded places.

Hope this was useful


2 thoughts on “The Swine Scare

  1. Pingback: The Swine Scare | swine flu pandemic

  2. Everyone who sneezes thrice in a row is queuing up outside a Govt Hospital for H1N1 test.. The media again created a panic in the public.. What they need to realise is panic spreads faster than the virus.

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