Keep Swine Flu Away with Basic Precautions
Monday, August 10, 2009
Keep Swine Flu Away with Basic Precautions

Swine flu in India is spreading like wildfire, taking the toll to six. Officials say there are currently more than 800 cases of the H1N1 flu strain in India. Governments from all around the world are finding ways to combat this deadly disease. So what can you do to protect yourself? Stay calm and practice these 10 effective prevention tips.

 

1. Wash your hands frequently

 

Use the antibacterial soaps to cleanse your hands. Wash them often, at least 15 seconds and rinse with running water.

 

2. Get enough sleep

 

Try to get 8 hours of good sleep every night to keep your immune system in top flu-fighting shape.

 

3. Keep hydrated

 

Drink 8 to10 glasses of water each day to flush toxins from your system and maintain good moisture and mucous production in your sinuses.

 

4. Boost your immune system

 

Keeping your body strong, nourished, and ready to fight infection is important in flu prevention. So stick with whole grains, colorful vegetables, and vitamin-rich fruits.

 

5. Keep informed

 

The government is taking necessary steps to prevent the pandemic and periodically release guidelines to keep the pandemic away. Please make sure to keep up to date on the information and act in a calm manner.

 

6. Avoid alcohol

 

Apart from being a mood depressant, alcohol is an immune suppressant that can actually decrease your resistance to viral infections like swine flu. So stay away from alcoholic drinks so that your immune system may be strong.

 

7. Be physically active

 

Moderate exercise can support the immune system by increasing circulation and oxygenating the body. For example brisk walking for 30-40 minutes 3-4 times a week will significantly perk up your immunity.

 

8. Keep away from sick people

 

Flu virus spreads when particles dispersed into the air through a cough or sneeze reach someone else’s nose. So if you have to be around someone who is sick, try to stay a few feet away from them and especially, avoid physical contact.

 

9. Know when to get help

 

Consult your doctor if you have a cough and fever and follow their instructions, including taking medicine as prescribed.

 

10. Avoid crowded areas

 

Try to avoid unnecessary trips outside. Moreover, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.

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