Swine Flu otherwise known as the H1N1 virus, continues to infect People globally, and at least for the foreseeable future, doesn´t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, their have been more than 5,000 confirmed cases thus far here in the US alone, spanning across 48 states, and some fear these numbers to be much higher.
CDC experts have said it is likely more than 100,000 people are really infected with the virus, which appears mild but is still worrying experts because most patients are young adults, teens and children.
Right now, the best preventable measure we can take in protecting ourselves and our Family from coming in contact with this virus is to wash our hands regularly and keep our noses and mouths covered when sneezing or coughing.
If someone in your Family begins to show signs of flu like symptoms such as high fever, sore throat ,coughing, vomiting or diarrhea, don´t wait for the symptoms to get worse. Call and make an appointment with your physician right away and if unable to wait, go straight to the ER. Keep your living environment as sanitized as possible to make sure the virus isn´t passed on to other members of the Family. Make sure to wipe down all surfaces such as door knobs , counter tops, telephones etc. Don´t ever eat or drink after someone who has been infected and always make sure to wash all cooking and eating utensils in hot water.
Practicing good hygiene is one of the key components in keeping you and your loved ones as germ free as possible, not only during the swine flu outbreak, but through the regular flu season as well. Another way to prevent you and your Family from getting sick is to maintain a healthy diet. Nutrition is very important, because our immune systems depend on the very proteins and nurturance we put into our bodies everyday to help protect us against certain infectious diseases and air born viruses.
Applying some of these helpful hints to your daily routine should serve you well in keeping your Family safe during this flu outbreak.