Swine Flu is upsetting alot of people in the NEWS. Which, is usual for anything that comes to light like this. For me, as a nurse, I like to know what s going on. I do as much research into viruses as I can and try to make an informed decision as to what the Hell is going on. Of course I know the NEWS and authorities release the information the want us to hear, and I would hope with fingers crossed we are well informed. The death rate to this current virus World Wide is note able. The influenza virus with its secondary ailments does kill so many people every year. More people than have been "reportedly" affected by this swine flu since I last heard the NEWS before I went to bed. But, there is always a but, this virus is a bit of a worry..and well, we are told to hold tight by the WHO (World Health Organisation) to see if it is to be classed as a pandemic. **Shoot! My hyperlink won't work..I will endeavour to provide resource later on!**
OK, I hold tight, mean time..notice to all the pigs out there (no pun intended!)
WASH YOUR HANDS AND COVER YOUR MOUTH WHEN YOU COUGH AND SNEEZE!!!
Didn't you listen to your Grandma when she told you to do those simple things? While you are at it... when you do cough or sneeze, try using your elbow to cover your mouth if you are not near a tap to wash your hands..or carry some hand sanitiser. It is simple to wash your hands back and front and inside all the finger webbing, then wash your fingernails by scratching the palms of each hand with soap and rinse. Ahhhh lovely..just as Nurse Florence Nightingale discovered.
Meanwhile, do not panic, just tell people how they ought to behave when they cough and sneeze..like I do :)
Also, if you are going to travel or have travelled and you have the symptoms of a virus already, BEWARE you will get caught out!