Swine- Flu H1N1
Summer rolls away and winter knocks. But what is menacingly waiting in the wings, as winter approaches is influenza, a year-round health issue, which becomes more pronounced during the winter months. People with face masks are a common sight. It is not an attitude issue but just a cautious attempt to keep sickness at bay.
Among the various strains, H1N1, swine influenza surfaced in around 2009-2010.
Swine flu-Is it Contagious and Pandemic?
The answer to both the questions is Yes!! The flu transmits itself from person-to-person, is highly contagious and has over the years, cut across geographies to become a world–wide phenomenon.
The level of it being a contagion can be gauged from the fact that a sneezing droplets in the air and their residue being deposited on common place items such as door handles can transmit this malaise. It is for this reason that the masks become a necessity and not a fashion statement. Though any conclusive evidence of the masks containing this flu remains elusive.
Symptoms Of Swine Flu
Symptoms match those of common flu and start with chills, fever, coughing followed by a sore throat, stuffy nose, body aches diarrhoea, vomiting. But when getting to the next level, characterised by fast breathing, sudden dizziness and high fever, it should be viewed more seriously needing medical advice.
On the flip side, swine flu normally goes on its own and a visit to the doctor may really not be needed. A nose or throat swab can nail its existence.
Likely Candidates of Swine Flu
Children and pregnant women are the most susceptible. But people with lower immune system , adults over 60, people with chronic illness such as diabetes, heart ailments or asthma are likely to get more impacted.
What to do… Treatment For Swine Flu
If you have not guessed it already, here goes.
Keep the highest level of cleanliness. Wash your hands and sanitize them. Do not mingle, if there is sickness and remain isolated. Avoid public places to the extent possible. Plenty of rest and lots of water to keep the system hydrated form an important part of supportive therapy.
Some swine flu vaccines such as Tamiflu and Relenza have been developed to be taken under medical advice.
As time passes , and the virus becomes more resilient, a new strain H3 N2 has been reported. What it will do on becoming yet another menace, only time will tell.
Natural remedies such as If you regularly complain of a cough or a sore throat- PhytoRelief- CC ® made from natural active ingredients of turmeric, ginger, and pomegranate help provide relief from dry cough, common cold, sore throat and throat pain. It has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties and also helps to boost immune system.
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