Be Protected Against It.
Similar to SARS, the Swine Flu (H1N1) can easily be pass on by contact & through airborne particles. Possible Symptoms include fever, cough, fatique & lack of appetite whereas SARS have additional symptoms of high fever of 38+℃, running nose, shivering, diarrhea & headache.
Preventive Measures Include:
I personally do not believe in rushing to pop more supplements or vitamins but a good immune system is what it takes to ward any viruses attack in your body. How do we boast our immune system?
1. Have enough of good sleep every night. The best timing is between 11pm to 4am where your body is undergoing repairing and healing works.
2.You what are you eat. A balanced diet with sufficient fruits and vegetables intake.
3. Be hydrated. Have enough fluids in your body. Lukewarm plain water is the best.
4.Practice Good Hygiene. Wash your hands frequently, especially before and after every meal. If possible, bring a packet of wet santised tissue with you or put one in your office to prevent germs & bacteria.
5.Computer and office desktops contains the most germs and unseen bacteria. It is advisable to clean up your working area more frequently and avoid muching snacks at your desk. These food residues together with dust and moist will allow rapid bacteria growth.
6. Detox to flush any possible toxins and viruses and at the same time, strengthen your body cells making your body vital and healthy.
Also, if you happen to be sick or unwell with flu or any illnesses, it is at best to wear a mask in order to protect yourself and others. I know it is unusual in our Singapore context to wear a mask but i feel it is time to take this neccessary action for your well being. Especially for people who just returned to Singapore, it is even more crucial.
Latest Updates of Swine Flu from WHO’s website.
5 May 2009, 21 countries have officially reported 1490 cases of influenza A (H1N1) infection.
Mexico has reported 822 laboratory confirmed human cases of infection, including 29 deaths. The United States has reported 403 laboratory confirmed human cases, including one death.
The following countries have reported laboratory confirmed cases with no deaths – Austria (1), Canada (140), China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (1), Colombia (1), Costa Rica (1), Denmark (1), El Salvador (2), France (4), Germany (9), Ireland (1), Israel (4), Italy (5), Netherlands (1), New Zealand (6), Portugal (1), Republic of Korea (2), Spain (57), Switzerland (1) and the United Kingdom (27).
It is considered prudent for people who are ill to delay international travel and for people developing symptoms following international travel to seek medical attention, in line with guidance from national authorities. Individuals are advised to wash hands thoroughly with soap and water on a regular basis and should seek medical attention if they develop any symptoms of influenza-like illness.
– WHO advises no restriction of regular travel or closure of borders.
– There is no risk of infection from this virus from consumption of well-cooked pork and pork products.
– Further information on the situation will be available on the WHO website on a regular basis.
Information gathered from WHO
Another burning question: Is it safe to travel?
WHO is not recommending travel restrictions related to the outbreak of the influenza A(H1N1) virus. Today, international travel moves rapidly, with large numbers of individuals visiting various parts the world. Limiting travel and imposing travel restrictions would have very little effect on stopping the virus from spreading, but would be highly disruptive to the global community.
Influenza A(H1N1) has already been confirmed in many parts of the world. The focus now is on minimizing the impact of the virus through the rapid identification of cases and providing patients with appropriate medical care, rather than on stopping its spread internationally. Furthermore, although identifying the signs and symptoms of influenza in travellers can be an effective monitoring technique, it is not effective in reducing the spread of influenza as the virus can be transmitted from person to person before the onset of symptoms. Scientific research based on mathematical modelling indicates that restricting travel will be of limited or no benefit in stopping the spread of disease.
Historical records of previous influenza pandemics, as well as experience with SARS, have validated this point.
Travellers can protect themselves and others by following simple recommendations related to travel aimed at preventing the spread of infection. Individuals who are ill should delay travel plans and returning travellers who fall ill should seek appropriate medical care. These recommendations are prudent measures which can limit the spread of many communicable diseases and not only Influenza A(H1N1).