As health experts across the world seek to get more information and a better understanding of the scope and severity of the swine flu outbreak, this is a good time for families, businesses, and organizations to review and update their preparedness plans.
One of the key components of any plan is the use of techniques to avoid becoming infected.
Wash hands frequently with soap and water. Some studies show that sanitizers alone are not as effective as good hand washing when dealing with influenza. Avoid or minimize contact with sick people (a minimum three feet distancing is recommended),
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Always cover your mouth and nose with tissues when you cough and sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow. Stay away from others as much as possible when you’re sick.
It may be difficult to tell if you or others are suffering from the flu or another illness. Some common flu symptoms include: high fever, severe body ache, headache, extreme fatigue, sore throat, unproductive cough, runny or stuffy nose. If you develop flu-like symptoms and are concerned about possible complications, consult your health care provider.
People seeking information on human swine flu should visit the CDC web site or call 1-800-CDC-INFO.