Ways To Protect Yourself From Swine Flu
The massive outbreak of swine flu all throughout the country has resulted in a vast number of individuals contracting the infamous H1N1 virus. The advent of the contagious disease has left the masses in constant fear of catching it. At such a time, it is essential to avoid panic and take proper precautions in order to provide yourself with maximum protection.
Wash your hands
Since swine flu is a contagious disease, it’s important to maintain proper sanitation to avoid spreading the virus. Wash your hands in a regular manner all throughout the day and use hand sanitizers to utilize alcohol’s ability to disturb the structure of the proteins in the virus which inactivates it.
Keep your nose and mouth covered
Coughing and sneezing releases liquid droplets into the air which are inhabited by flu viruses. Therefore, using a tissue or covering your mouth and nose while coughing or sneezing is of paramount importance. Studies show that you should maintain at least an arm’s length from any individual if either of you is infected.
Enhance your immunity
The immune system can fight off swine flu if the immune system is sturdy. To ensure this, adequate sleep of at least eight hours a day is a fundamental requirement. Additionally, consuming vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables plays a huge role in augmenting the immune system.
Wear a mask
Despite the absence of absolute evidence lending unquestionable credibility to the use of masks as a means to stave off swine flu, numerous researches suggest that they are largely beneficial, especially the masks which are specially designed to filter out the infectious droplets in the air.
Keep yourself hydrated
Drinking adequate amounts of water can go a long way in protecting yourself from the flu. Water is effective in flushing out the existing toxins from the body and maintaining good mucous production which prevents sinus infections.
Get a swine flu vaccine injection
A swine flu vaccine introduces a diminished dose of the H1N1 virus into the body which causes the immune system to fight it. This results in the strengthening of immunity to prevent contraction of the disease in the future.
Keep your house clean
Since the virus can survive for extended periods, it’s important to keep the rooms and furniture in your house clean. Ensure proper sanitation all throughout the house and re-clean it regularly.
Keeping yourself educated and aware is significant in warding off any disease. With swine flu spreading like wildfire, it is more important than ever to educate yourself as well as others.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
Interim Guidance on Infection Control Measures for 2009 H1N1 Influenza in Healthcare Settings, Including Protection of Healthcare Personnel,
official website: https://www.cdc.gov
(Accessed on 14th August)
Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information.