A sneeze zooms out of your mouth at over 100 m.p.h. and then ‘it’ LANDS with a thud on door knobs, hand railings, elevator buttons, grocery carts, telephones … on anything and everything that you mindlessly and automatically touch on through the day, several times a day!!!
Now, I don’t mean to breathe or sneeze disaster in the air, or into your mind, but the swine flu has health officials concerned. At last count (so the numbers may being changing as I bang away on my keyboard that thankfully no one other than self has sneezed on), the Swine Flu has infected at least 20 Americans in five states, killed 80 people in Mexico and as traveled as far away as New Zealand.
The Swine Flu has been declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a “public health emergency.” And as of this moment (hoping that this news will change), the CDC (Center for Disease Control) says that it cannot be contained or controlled.
WHAT TO DO IN THE FACE (or in the sneeze) OF SWINE FLU?
1. Wash Your Hands and Wash Them AGAIN!! And again. … This may sound like a ‘duh’ moment (vs. an aHa moment), but sanitizing your hands if your best defense! Be sure to use soap and wash for 30 seconds!! No quickies. According to the CDC approximately 80 percent of all infections are spread by hands! If a sink and soap are not readily available, toss a handful of hand-sanitizers that with 60 percent alcohol content.
2. Steer Clear of Crowds – If you don’t have to be in the mix of large groups, simply don’t. It’s a numbers of game, and you are less likely to catch something if less people are sneezing on or around you! If you absolutely must, seriously consider wearing a surgical or dental facemask. They are not foolproof, but helpful. AND if you feel it’s not a great fashion statement, simply draw something clever and colorful on it before wearing. Coordinate with your outfits. Okay, I’m half kidding, but if you can’t laugh, you’re really sunk! Truly, no point to getting depressed and adding to the problem!
3. Treatment (not foolproof, but hopeful) – Swine Flu symptoms are much like the regular flu: fever, body aches, sore throat, cough, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy. If you do not feel well, for goodness sake, go see a doctor. I know that the tendency is to wait and see if ‘it’ goes away, but this ‘it’ may be deadly!
4. Knowledge Equals Health – The swine flu is resistant to two of four antiviral drugs approved for combating the flu: Symmetrel and Flumadine. But two newer antivirals – Tamiflu and Relenza – appear to work. So, go armed to your doctor with this information; just in case your doctor has a case of the Swine Flu him/herself and can’t remember!!! Ultimately, YOU are in charge of your health.
Have a good day!!!! (No, seriously, I mean it!) Be in the moment and enjoy life!
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Spread the healthy word … NOT the icing!
Serious information/source of this article is Ben Sherwood.
I am merely lightening the landscape and helping to spread the healthy word.
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