Monday, April 27, 2009

How to protect yourself against the swine flu - Updated

So far there's more media hype than real information so first of all don't panic. Stay calm until the health agencies sort this out. That being said, of course it's wise to take the usual sensible precautions because getting the flu is not fun no matter what strain it is. For instance, try to avoid crowds and wash your hands often. And whatever you do, don't do this:

[Via 1Watt Hermit]

Update: For those of you arriving by search engines looking for real advice, The Center for Disease Control has the best info. Adding to the advice above, I'm told you should avoid touching your face and picking your nose. Obviously, kissing people, even on the cheek isn't advised and you want to avoid physical contact generally.

Also, Rocky checks into comments with good suggestions if you think you're getting the flu. Call your doctor if you have symptoms. If you do get the flu, stay home. Get plenty of rest, drink lots of fluids. It's also useful to remember that medicine has advanced greatly since the great pandemic of 1918 and the containment measures being taken by health authorities are likely to help.

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Blogger rockync said...

Probably the most important thing to do if you get flu symptoms is to see a doctor and get started on one of the flu medications like Tamiflu.
The next thing is if you are sick, stay home! Don't go to work or church or anywhere else.
Get plenty of rest, eat well and yes, wash ,wash, wash your hands!

6:47:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Good advice Rocky.

6:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Larkspur said...

I know the photo is cringeworthy, but that pig just looks so affectionate and good-natured, and so pleased to snout-kiss the toddler.

I almost never shake hands any more. I can always use the excuse that I've been out walking dogs and so my hands might have dog-germs, and then I immediately suggest an "air-shake", where we extend our hands and bob them up and down without touching. People seem to like that.

I'm sort of glad I don't do much airplane traveling any more. It's already close quarters, and then if you get stuck sitting on the runway for a while, and if they don't run the air-conditioning, well it's a recipe for unpleasantness, and god help you if you complain and risk a tasering. Although it would be interesting if tasering happened to zap the virus. There may be a novella here.

8:15:00 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

And most of all, don't listen to Rush Limbaugh. You'll get it for sure.

8:22:00 PM  
Blogger Joe "Truth 101" Kelly said...

Good common sense Liberal advice Libby. I'm proud to be on your side.

9:39:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I love that photo Larkspur. Pigs are pretty cool. I had one once. They're actually very clean.

LOL Fogg and Truth.

9:54:00 PM  
Blogger Cosa Nostradamus said...

I'm declaring a fatwa on you, Libby Spencer! You're not invited to the next Seder, either!! And Dorothy Parker wants her pearls back!!!

11:50:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

LOL Cosa. I'm not giving back the pearls...

7:29:00 AM  

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