Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Swine Flu - preventive steps

Swine flu in India is spreading like wildfire, taking the toll to eleven. Officials say there are currently more than 800+ cases of the H1N1 flu strain in India. Governments from all around the world are finding ways to combat this deadly disease. So what can you do to protect yourself?
Stay calm and practice these 10 effective prevention tips:

1. Wash your hands frequently :
Use the antibacterial soaps to cleanse your hands. Wash them often, at least 15 seconds and rinse with running water.

2. Get enough sleep :
Try to get 8 hours of good sleep every night to keep your immune system in top flu-fighting shape.

3. Keep hydrated :
Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water each day to flush toxins from your system and maintain good moisture and mucous production in your sinuses.

4. Boost your immune system :
Keeping your body strong, nourished, and ready to fight infection is important in flu prevention. So stick with whole grains, colorful vegetables, and vitamin-rich fruits.

5. Keep informed :
The government is taking necessary steps to prevent the pandemic and periodically release guidelines to keep the pandemic away. Please make sure to keep up to date on the information and act in a calm manner.

6. Avoid alcohol :
Apart from being a mood depressant, alcohol is an immune suppressant that can actually decrease your resistance to viral infections like swine flu. So stay away from alcoholic drinks so that your immune system may be strong.

7. Be physically active :
Moderate exercise can support the immune system by increasing circulation and oxygenating the body. For example brisk walking for 30-40 minutes 3-4 times a week will significantly perk up your immunity.

8. Keep away from sick people :
Flu virus spreads when particles dispersed into the air through a cough or sneeze reach someone else's nose. So if you have to be around someone who is sick, try to stay a few feet away from them and especially, avoid physical contact.

9. Know when to get help :
Consult your doctor if you have a cough and fever and follow their instructions, including taking medicine as prescribed.

10. Avoid crowded areas :
Try to avoid unnecessary trips outside. Moreover, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.

Posted by Su_Mathi Maximum India

3 comments:

kg said...

Very practical and easy to follow methods. Thank you Su_mathi for the info.

kg said...

Found our Mr Arivu GV very intent in writing out a list and peeped over his shoulders to get a look as what it was all about. It was a list of more than 50 people but I was surprised to see people from the same household of all ages, then friends from office, neighbour next door etc figuring in it and obviously it was no list of invitees for the ensuing birthday party of his. Then .. not able to come to any conclusion as to what it could be about, I finally asked him and got a simple reply. " These are the people I am going to shake hands with, in case I do get symptoms of H1N1!" and that reminded me of another list he prepared a few months ago when he was bitten by a stray dog!

kggouthaman said...

அறிவு,
இது அழகல்ல!
யாம் பெற்ற துன்பம் பெறுக -
இவ்வையகம் என்னும் நினைப்பு
கோரமானது!