Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The World's Enemy Today

The world is full of fears about the dreadful illness caused by AH1N1 flu virus. Everyday, we hear news about how many people were killed and how it can possibly hit us. No wonder everybody is paranoid about this fierce virus.

Most of the questions being raised are “How we can prevent the virus from spreading and eventually strike us?” and “Is it really infectious?” These are all valid questions. So let’s try to discuss the answers to each question.

How we can prevent the virus from spreading?

  1. Always cover your mouth and nose every time you sneeze.
  2. Apply alcohol-based hand sanitizer when needed.
  3. As much as possible avoid touching your ears, mouth and nose.
  4. Stay away from people who are sick as they might be a carrier of AH1N1 virus.
  5. If you are sick, stay at home for at least seven days until proven you are symptoms free.

Is it contagious? What are the signs and symptoms of AH1N1 virus?

The signs and symptoms of AH1N1 virus are very similar to ordinary flu that strikes us. There is fever, runny nose, cough, chills, headache, sore throat and fatigue. And like ordinary flu, it spreads from one person to the other through sneeze, cough and even touching.

It has been guaranteed by many doctors that there’s a known cure for this much dreaded disease, but of course prevention is much better than cure. There’s nothing to lose if we will do all these pandemic preparation, but instead we gain so much out of it as we save not just our own life but others’ lives as well.


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