Well it's almost time to send the kiddies back to school and just in time to give us all a serious case of the heebee geebees, a report from the U.S. Presidential advisory group was released today stating that the swine flu a.k.a the H1N1 virus could potentially infect half of the U.S. population during the upcoming fall and winter season.
On average 36,000 Americans die from the seasonal flu every year. Most of these are cases of the elderly, infants/babies or people with existing health issues. Though that number sounds high, because our bodies have no defence against the H1N1 strain, we are at a much higher risk.
I was rolling to DC on one of those Chinese buses when the first outbreak happened.
The CDC (Center for Disease Control) lists these tips to help keep you swine flu free.
- Get a flu vaccine.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze or cough.
- Dispose of each tissue after use.
- Wash hands often and when no possible use an alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
- Try to avoid contact with sick people.
- If you feel like you might be sick, stay home for at least 24 hours AFTER your fever is gone (without the use of medication).
- While you are sick, limit your contact with people as much as possible.
- Take anti-viral drugs (if your doctor recommends them) within the first 2 days of you symptoms.
Being in NY, sadly we have a wonderful breading ground for the swine flu and all their germ friends....the subway system! Millions of people in a tunnel with no real ventilation. It's a germs wet dream, so please be careful and think about putting some alcohol in a spray bottle and carrying that with you.
It comes in very handy in plenty of situation but especially when you have to hold a pole on the train.And if you see a pack of these, N95 masks, on the counter at your local drug store...grab a box or 2. It can't hurt.