How to Protect Yourself from Swine Flu

Jun 06, 2009
Everyone is scared about getting swine flu these days, knowing how dangerous it is. It is important to be aware of the protection methods and swine flu prevention.

First of all, let's make it clear that eating pork and other products made of it is completely safe, once it is heat-processed. It is known that the virus of swine flu is destroyed at the temperature of 70-71 degrees Celsius, that's why pork should be cooked well.

Personal hygiene is very important

It is necessary to respect some simple rules of hygiene in order to get protection from being infected.
  • Always wash hands after visiting public places. Gels, antiseptics and soap made on the base of alcohol are best suited for this purpose.

  • Cover the mouth when sneezing or coughing. The virus of swine flu is transmitted by air and droplets.

  • You can also wear a face mask for extra protection. Try to avoid public places (cinemas, clubs, and parties).

  • Wipe the surfaces of telephones, tables and other objects of public use with alcohol-based solutions, since the bacteria can be active for a long time.

Drugs and vaccines against Swine Flu

Self-treatment is not recommended, but you should be informed anyway. It is known that treatment at an early stage of the disease leads to a complete recovery. However, some viruses of swine flu acquire drug tolerance, which lowers the effectiveness of the treatment. The last cases of infection with this virus in the USA had revealed its tolerance towards amantadine and rimantadine. Drugs containing oseltamivir and zanamivir are considered to be more efficient.

A vaccine against the virus of swine flu has not been created yet. The virus is modified quite quickly, that's why it is necessary to separate the same virus affecting people at any given moment.

Things to avoid

Avoid close contact with people infected with swine flu. Don't think that the will protect you in any circumstances. In Mexico, even shaking hands has been forbidden.

It's better to avoid traveling to regions with reported cases of swine flu infections, such as Mexico or the USA. However, keep in mind that the virus is rapidly spreading in other countries. If one of your relatives arrived from another country and has caught a "cold" right away, take measures to isolate this person in a separate room and limit any contacts, wearing a protective face mask if necessary. Call your health care provider to see him.

Other recommendations

Try to improve your immune system with the help of vitamin C, proper diet and exercising.

If you feel the initial symptoms of flu, you should stay at home and immediately contact your doctor.

Always remember that it is easier to prevent swine flu than treat it, so be careful and make sure that you and your family are protected.