Friday, May 1, 2009

Swine Flu

At the present moment, there are only about 300 cases of Swine Flu in the world. So far it does not appear that Swine Flu has any more potency to make people sick than the more "garden variety" types A or B Influenza that the world copes with every year. In fact, given there have been less than two dozen deaths from Swine Flu (compared to 35,000 deaths per year from the other "common" influenzas) it does not appear to be even as dangerous.

So from my perspective, while any kind of Influenza will demand one's attention Swine Flu does not require any more attention than all the other kinds. The upside to the pandemic news is that the common precautionary actions being recommended are good hygiene habits everyone should be observing all the time.

1. Wash hands frequently.
2. Cough into ones forearm or elbow to prevent putting germs onto hands that then transfer to other surfaces.
3. When blowing one's nose throw the tissues away and don't leave them laying around.
4. Limit the intake of sugar to aid immune system responsiveness.
5. Maintain a high level of nutrition through a good diet and supplementation.
6. Get adequate amounts of sleep.
7. Reduce and/or avoid as much stress as one can. Stress will reduce immunity.

The Swine Flu is not something dramatically different. Do all the usual things to keep your health at its peak and even if the worst happens and you get it, you shouldn't be sick very long.

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