April 29, 2009 2:53am CST
Swine Flu, refers to influenza visus, which is common in swines (pigs) and rare in humans. Recently swine flu has reportedly caused panic almost in the whole world as many people have been hit by this virus. Health cenres all over the world, especially at the international airports, immigration check points, have been set up at the borders of the countries worldwide to guard against this virus. As referred to in Wikipedia The Free Encyclopedia, "In humans, the symptoms of swine flue are similar to those of incluenza and of influenza-like illness in general, namely chills, fever, sore throat, muscle pains, severe headache, coughing, weakness and general discomfort." In the past we had heard of Bird Flu, a similar virus, which was caused primarily by chicken that was as alarming as that of the Swine Flu. Will mylot community friends enlghten us as to what precautionary measures should we adopt to remedy the situation at our personal levels apart from the measures being adopted by our respective government? Thanks a lot
• United States
30 Apr 09
Washing your hands is the single most effective way of preventing the spread of the influenza virus (swine flu or seasonal flu). So frequent hand washing, keeping your hands away from eyes, nose, and mouth, and use your own eating utensils, plates, and glass rather than someone else's, will cut your risk significantly. If known cases of the swine flu is confirmed in your region, then possible an air filter mask may help. You do not need to lock yourself away in your home or some remote location, you need not to be so fearful of contact with others that you avoid all contact with family and friends, and you don't necessarily need vaccinated.
30 Apr 09
Thanks a lot for your very elaborate response to my request. I am sure many people like me will have awareness of this menace and guard against it. It is still heartening to know that we don't have to lock ourselves in our homes or some remote location or to be that fearful of contact with others.
29 Apr 09
Hi Stahir, It seems this swine flu is worldwide. What I concern the most is can we eat pork now? Doctors say that as long as the pork is cooked over 71 degrees, it's okay and safe. People in China compare this to SARS which happen in 2004. I hope it can under control soon or it will hurt the economic again.
30 Apr 09
Hi Vivianchen, Thanks for your response. I hope the authorities will soon overcome this menace. I am not sure as to whether eating pork at this juncture is advisable or not. However, for precaution purposes we shouldn't eat it as long as the wind is not cleared.
30 Apr 09
Thanks for your answer. Let's hope that this menace will be overcome soon. By the way, would you let's know in little detail what SARS is that the break out of which was reported to have been happened in China some years back. Does it also spread from some animal as that of Swine Flu from pigs and Bird Flu from Chicken etc.