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Swine Flu Infection - the pandemic?
The best weapon at fighting against any "enemy" is to understand it, so here is a basic outline of what swine flu really is. Swine flu (influenza) is the infection of any flu that swines have been reported to be infected with. The most dangerous of these influenza include H1N1, H1N2, H3N1, H3N2, and H2N3. These flues are common within the pigs species, transmission of the virus to a different species does not happen very often, although it of-course does happen time to time. It might be noteworthy that prolonged exposure to pigs might increase the chance of catching the influenza but eating swine meat that has been prepared properly will not.
Symptoms of Swine Flue
Now that we have a basic understanding of our influenza, to be able to defend our selves from it we must be able to detect it. Here is a list of symptoms that could be assosiated with the swine flu influenza, if you experience any number of these it would be a good idea to consult a medical expert, for good measure.The bolded symptoms should be weigthed heavily as they are very strongly assisiated with the swine influenza
- diarrhea and vomiting
- runny or stuffy nose
- sore throat
- extreme and out of ordanary fatigue or tiredness
- Fast or difficullty in breathing
- Bluish or gray skin color
How to avoid Swine Flu
We are now well equipped with the understanding of our enemy, we can detect him but now what? There is a saying that the best offense is a good defence, we need to be able to condition our selves so as to avoid getting swine flu in the first place. Influenza in general have the ability to be epidemic, because they spread from individual to individual through normal day to day activities. A public with nominal hygiene and influenza awareness are a breeding ground of influenza epidemics. The following is a preparation of the cautions one should take to help avoid a swine flu epidemic:
- Contamination: if you or somebody else you know has any of the symptoms for swine flu as described above, you should stay home! By leaving to work or school you expose many other people to the influenza
- Contain your cough: Cover your cough or sneeze with the breaths of your elbows, this will reduce the transfer of germs from person to person
- Wash your hands: Wash your hands frequently, any surface you touch could be infected with the influenza, by maintain good hygiene you reduce the chances of the infection getting in contact with your nervous system
- Avoid Public Washroom: Do your best to avoid public facilities as these are used numerous times by nemerous people and carry a chance of being infected.
- Hand Sanitizer: using hand sanitizer to sterilize your hands you help maintain good hygiene and reduce the chance of infection
- Vaccination: vaccines have now been developed and are effective at combating the influenza. If you are a woman in labour or a teen you are highly prompted to get the vaccine because you are most vulnerable to this influenza!