To say that there’s a great deal of panic over the so-called “Swine Flu” which is also known as its actual name – the H1N1 Flu, would be a dramatic understatement. The fact that the flu comes with the potential for death has a significant negative impact on people’s psyche. Even if the odds of dying from the H1N1 flu are very rare, the flu still remains a serious and debilitating condition. That’s why it is necessary to take the right steps to prevent the flu from taking a foothold.
It’s not necessarily easy to prevent getting the swine flu because it’s an airborne virus. That means the germs that spread the condition can be acquired through breathing in the germs or touching an object that’s infected. This can create a scary situation since someone who works in the world of food service can end up spreading the problem to scores of people who eat at that specific restaurant.
While the condition is certainly a serious one, it’s important not to swallow up a sense of obsession over the condition. There are ways to avoid getting the condition.
When dealing with a potential flu based outbreak, it’s always important to keep your hands clean. That means they must be properly washed with soap and water. It’s necessary you do this after coughing or sneezing.
Actually, it’s best to keep your hands completely away from your mouth and nose since germs on your hand could spread to the bloodstream via contact with the facial area. Keeping you hands clean will greatly help reduce you risk. Using soap that is has anti-bacteria agents will also further reduce the number of germs on your hands.
And it should go without saying that you should keep a clear distance from someone who may be displaying flu like symptoms. Yes, the person may only be suffering from a minor flu problem but you don’t want to take any chances. Stay at least six full feet away from the person to make contracting the flu minimal. While this may seem overly cautious it’s being done not to avoid the common flu. It is being done to avoid the H1N1 flu, which is most definitely critical to avoid.
If you do start experiencing flu like symptoms, it doesn’t necessarily mean it is the swine flu. You don’t necessarily need to race to the emergency room and seek treatment. However, if the problem gets worse over time, it definitely will be wise to seek a doctor’s opinion on the condition. This way, you can receive the proper treatment prior to the condition developing into severe levels.
The condition of H1N1 swine flu is most absolutely a serious one. Thankfully, taking a few short, minimal steps can work tremendously well as far as eliminating the ability to spread the condition and infect others. And, of course, simple steps can also prevent you from acquiring the flu from others as well.