Swine Flu Prevention & Facts

I have to admit, even I am starting to get a little freaked out about the Swine flu epidemic that is sweeping the nation. I have become a complete germaphobe since bringing my son home from the hospital. My husband’s cubical world is filled with germs, so I put a lot of pressure on him about staying healthy and not bringing home any sickness. Since no one lives in a bubble, I wanted to share a list of precautionary things you can do to avoid getting sick. Most of these are common sense, but sometimes it doesn’t hurt to have a friendly reminder of basic hygiene practices. 

  • Wash your hands frequently (before you eat and especially after you sneeze, cough, shake someone’s hand or touch a door knob). Antibacterial gels are just as effective if you are unable to use soap and water. 
  • If you have to cough or sneeze, use a tissue. Afterwards, immediately dispose of that tissue then wash your hands.
  • Try to avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Stay away from sick people! If you feel sick, limit your contact with others to prevent from infecting them.
  • Practice good health habits (eat well, exercise and get plenty of sleep).

I also wanted to share a few basic swine flu facts:

  • You cannot catch swine flu from eating pork.
  • Symptoms are generally similar to seasonal flu (fever, lethargy, lack of appetite, and coughing).
  • Scientists are working to develop a vaccine to contain the spread of this highly contagious respiratory disease.  
  • There are several antiviral medications that can be used to treat swine flu.  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the use of the flu drugs Tamiflu and Relenza.
  • CNN reports, “Seasonal flu each year causes tens of thousands of deaths in this country — on average, about 36,000 deaths”.

One concern I have is how swine flu is going to negatively impact our ailing economy. Living in Orlando, this could definitely hurt tourism which is what this city thrives on. I’m wondering how many people will cancel their Disney World trips, stop eating in restaurants or refuse to visit high traffic areas such as airports, theme parks, cruises, stores, etc. 

Are you worried about catching the swine flu? How will you alter your lifestyle in order to prevent coming into contact with sick people? The Unemployed Mom welcomes your candid comments.

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