Author: Adisha
•Thursday, August 20, 2009
Hey All!!! I request anyone and everyone who is sick or feels a sore throat to have themselves tested. And please read up on all information regarding the Flu. It's a sickness that can be cured when caught on time, not a reason for social ostracism. Kindly educate yourself and those around you. Take precautions and prevent the spread !!!

The symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu in humans and may include:

Fever (greater than 100°F or 37.8°C)
Sore throat
Cough
Stuffy nose
Chills
Headache and body aches
Fatigue

WHAT SHOULD I DO TO KEEP FROM GETTING THE FLU ?

First and most important: wash your hands. Try to stay in good general health. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food. Try not touch surfaces that may be contaminated with the flu virus. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

*Avoid live animal markets, poultry and pig farms in affected countries.
*Always maintain high levels of personal hygiene, especially before and after food preparation and in-out of toilets.
*Regular wash your hands.
*Cook pork thoroughly.
*While in an affected region, seek immediate medical attention if you develop influenza-like symptoms. (High Fever, body pain,coughing and red nose).
*Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
*Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
*Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
*Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
*Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands.

Emergency Signs.

In CHILDREN emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:

Fast breathing or trouble breathing
Bluish skin color
Not drinking enough fluids
Not waking up or not interacting
Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
Fever with a rash


In ADULTS, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:

Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
Sudden dizziness
Confusion
Severe or persistent vomiting


If anyone has more pointers, please share in the comments section !!!
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7 Spin Offs:

On August 20, 2009 at 1:53 PM , Tranquility Speaks said...

I would suggest that those who have flu like symptoms wear a mask whenever they go out in public places lest they pass on the virus to others. Also have stuff like Chavanprash, green tea, amla and tulsi leaves to boost immunity

(This is Stillness Speaks)

 
On August 21, 2009 at 12:16 AM , Saurabh said...

Very informative post! Thanks :)

 
On August 21, 2009 at 1:01 AM , Archana said...

Listen to Dr Adisha everyone. :) People should spread the word about it, because people either get too worked up about it or take no precautions and be overly casual.

It's good to be educated about it. Thanks for the post!

 
On August 21, 2009 at 4:40 AM , Kunjal said...

thanks Adhisa for posting such valuable info:)not sure when we are going to get rid of this but seems its going to take long time:)

 
On August 21, 2009 at 9:40 AM , jason evans said...

Good information!

 
On August 21, 2009 at 1:07 PM , The Survivor said...

Confusion as a symptom!! I am confused!!

 
On September 4, 2009 at 9:18 AM , Shruti Mukundan said...

hey thanks for sharing d info!! :) so sweet of u!!