Gearing up to beat Swine Flu

Article submission Tuesday, August 18th 2009

The 2009 flu pandemic is a global outbreak of a new strain of influenza virus, officially named the "new H1N1", first identified in April 2009, and commonly called "Swine flu". It is thought to be a mutation of four known strains of the influenza A virus, subtype H1N1: one endemic in (normally infecting) humans, one endemic in birds, and two endemic in pigs (swine). Experts assume the virus "most likely" emerged from pigs in Asia, and was carried to North America by infected persons.

The Human Swine Influenza virus is a new flu virus that is infecting people and spreading from person to person. HSI (Human Swine Influenza)is spread from person to person in the same way seasonal influenza and other common respiratory infections spread. HSI viruses are not spread by food. You cannot get Human Swine Influenza from eating properly handled and prepared pork or pork products (CDC and WHO fact sheets).

The symptoms of (H1N1) 2009 (Human Swine Influenza) are similar to those of seasonal influenza, including: fever and any one of the following: Cough, sore throat, runny nose or nasal congestion. Some people have also reported diarrhoea and vomiting. Severe illness (pneumonia and respiratory failure) has led to deaths. Like seasonal flu, Human Swine Influenza may cause worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions.

   HSI is contagious and is spreading easily between people. Being in close contact (e.g. within a metre) with an infected person while they are talking, coughing or sneezing puts you at risk of becoming infected. Virus-containing droplets can land on the surfaces of the mouth, nose and throat of people close by. The virus may also be spread through contact with infectious respiratory secretions on the hands of an infected person or other objects and surfaces. People with HSI should be considered potentially contagious as long as they are symptomatic and possibly for up to seven (7) days following the onset of illness. Children, especially younger children, might potentially be contagious for longer periods.

Masks may be of benefit in "crowded settings" or for people who are in "close contact" with infected persons, defined as 1 meter or less by the World Health Organization and 6 feet or less by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Like seasonal flu, HSI in humans can vary in severity from mild to severe. Those most at risk of serious illness include pregnant women, Indigenous Australians, and people with respiratory disease (asthma, COPD), heart disease, diabetes, renal disease, morbid obesity and immunosuppressant.

To protect you and your family, follow proactive measures:
Stay home when you are sick;
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol based hand gel;
Wash your hands prior to touching your eyes, nose and mouth;
When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with disposable tissues which should be disposed of immediately;
Don't share items such as cigarettes, glasses or cups, lipstick, toys or anything which could be contaminated with respiratory secretions;
Maintain at least one metre distance from people who have flu-like symptoms such as coughing or sneezing;

Consult your doctor if you have a cough and fever and follow their instructions, including taking medicine as prescribed; Balanced diet with fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein, sufficient sleep, regular exercise, and avoiding crowds. So far most people who have contracted the new A (H1N1) virus have experienced influenza-like symptoms and recovered without antiviral treatment.

   Oseltamivir (Tamiflu®) and zanamivir (Relenza®)are antiviral drugs used. They stop flu viruses from reproducing in your body. Works best if started soon after becoming sick (within 2 days of symptoms developing). Or if the condition is deteriorating, experiencing respiratory difficulty you should only take an antiviral, if your health care provider advises you to do so. Individuals should not buy medicines to prevent or fight this new influenza without a prescription, and they should exercise caution in buying Antivirals over the internet as there are lot of fake medicines available.

Having basil leaves, with fresh ginger everyday in your warm drink (tea, soup, milk)will surely boost immune system. Having a concoction of herbs/spices like powdered turmeric, dry ginger along with carron seeds and jethimadh twice a week also will keep all viruses away, these home remedies have no side effects and are cost effective.

   Some interesting happenings around the globe as panic builds, dozens of rabbis and Kabbalah mystics armed with ceremonial trumpets took to the skies over Israel to battle the swine flu virus, About 50 Jewish holy men chanted prayers and blew shofars (ritual rams’ horns)in an aircraft circling over the country in the hope of stopping the spread of the virus. Swine flu toll rose to 17 forcing authorities to shut down educational institutions and public places in Mumbai for a week to prevent the spread of swine flu. And not just schools but also universities and movie theatres. Basically, everywhere in the city that young people tend to congregate.

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