Now that there are 5 confirmed Swine Flu cases in NJ and at least 50 in NY, the scare worldwide plus the first U.S. swine flu death, a toddler, has caused health officials to ratchet up their global alert level to just below a full-on pandemic.
No need to truly panic. Here are the top five essential things you can do to avoid getting sick and, importantly, avoid infecting others. These critical tips are widely agreed upon by the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other health experts and will help to reduce your chances of contracting the Swine Flu.
1. Wash your hands.
2. Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze.
3. Stay home.
4. Don’t touch your face.
5. Avoid sick people
Dr. George T. DiFerdinando Jr., a physician, epidemiologist and professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-School of Public Health as well as a professor at Rutgers University, comments that “The way you spread influenza is with droplets that come out of your mouth or nose”. He recommends the classic shoulder or crook-of-the elbow sneeze.
These guidelines are important because you could be infected and spreading the flu up to a full day before you feel symptoms and up to seven days after you get sick.
For a more in depth explanation of these survival tips, please read the full article here.
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