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Avoid Swine Flu: Practice Good Personal and Social Hygiene to Avoid the Swine Flu

Updated on July 10, 2009
How can you avoid the swine flu?  Discover a number of tips for protecting yourself from the H1N1 swine flu epidemic.
How can you avoid the swine flu? Discover a number of tips for protecting yourself from the H1N1 swine flu epidemic.

How to Avoid Catching the H1N1 Swine Flu Virus

As American and foreign media continue to warn about the possibility of a massive H1N1 swine flu epidemic this winter, good hygiene must become a focus for those who are concerned about catching the swine flu.

While the H1N1 swine flu strain is ever changing, according to the Center for Disease Control, simple good hygiene and social practices can provide a moderate amount of protection from catching the swine flue.

  1. Cover that Face. Feel the tingle of a sneeze or a cough coming on? Respiratory droplets carrying the H1N1 virus strain are cited as a likely culprit to the spread of the swine flu between humans. Cover your nose and mouth, preferably with a tissue. Then, dispose of your used tissues properly or wash your hands with warm water and antibacterial soap for at least 25 seconds.
  2. Wash Your Hands. The ultimate insurance against catching the swine flu is remembering to practice good hygine by washing your hands throroughly on a regular basis throughout the day.
  3. Keep Your Distance. Remember in grade school learning about personal space? Keep your distance wheneven possible and consider skipping events in which large numbers of people will be confined in a closed space for too long.
  4. Exercise and Take Your Vitamins. Over one-half of swine flu fatalities and those hospitalized with the swine flu had underlying health problems to begin with. Protect your health by getting at least seven hours of sleep, 30 minutes of exercise a day and taking vitamins, especially Vitamin C and D, to help boost your immune system.
  5. Watch for Travel Advisories. Keep tabs of your travel plans for advisories from U.S. government officials and international agencies for swine flu activity. If an advisory is issues, consider rescheduling or canceling travel plans to the region until the advisory is cleared.
  6. Do Not Go to Work. When you feel symptomatic, that is. If you or your children become ill with symptoms parallel to those reported with the swine flu, keep quarantined in your bedroom at home and help prevent the spread of the swine flu.
  7. Hand Sanitizer isn't Fool Proof. While many folks use antibacterial hand santizers to protect themselves from bacteria and viruses, many of these topical solutions kill up to 50 percent of germs. Additionally, after each application during the day, effectiveness decreases. Use hand sanitizers in conjunction with antibacterial soap and water throughout the day.

Swine Flu Information

What are the symptoms of the swine flu? Swine flu symptoms are similar to the seasonal flu, including fever, sneezing, sore throat, coughs, headache and muscle or joint pain.

Who should be most concerned about the swine flu? While traditionally, the very young and elderly should be concerned about the seasonal flu, the swine flu is an equal-opportunity virus. People who are classified as obese, or are diagnosed with asthma, diabetes, with heart disease or a weakened immune system are most likely to be hospitalized, according to the CDC.

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      nikitha p 6 years ago from India

      Great tips, thanks for sharing.

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      Amanda Davey 8 years ago from Canterbury, Kent, UK

      Thanks for the timely hub. My husband informed me today that a colleague of his has been off with swine flu this past week. My dear hubbie hasn't been feeling too well these past few days. Makes me think. Particularly as I'm in the process of being dismissed due to being diabetic and not being able to promise that I will never have another sick day. The aforesaid dear husband suggested tongue in cheek that I say I cannot attend the governor's hearing next week due to having swine flu!

      Though I haven't commented on most of your hubs I am enjoying reading them. Keep up the good work.

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      meetbrandon 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Oscar, I unfortunately understand and know your plight seeing it in my own life as well among people I love. At the very least, better hygiene and social practices could help those of us without insurance!

      Of course, I count on God to help keep me health! Remember, Oscar, "no weapon formed against us can prosper!" I'll be praying for you!

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      Dr. Oscar A. Williams, Jr. 8 years ago from PA

      There's a problem: millions of people don't have paid sick days or health insurance. And when it comes to negotiating with their employer for those things, they have no voice. The present economic conditions with unemployment on the rise and people need to work as much as they can.

      I'll take my chances with this one, I need the money. I'm one step away from eating hand to mouth. I should be retired but I need to work.