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Monday, May 4, 2009
Swine Flu
With swine flu being declared the pandemic alert of level 5 by WHO, every nation needs to prepare for this waiting in the lurch epidemic. Every day the newspaper is filled with so many articles about swine flu, and H1N1 virus that were non existent till now. Yesterday only I read that the first human infected with swine flu was a small boy from the city of Mexico who lived closer to large pig farm. For those who don't know, the virus is spread from pigs but is now fast transferring among humans. It made me wonder how secure our children are or as a matter of fact how secure are we?

Already 180 deaths reported in Mexico due to swine flu and Chicago and Texas making the beeline, this H1N1 influenza is commuting real fast. The travel plans are being cancelled and professionals are being cautioned to travel to infected cities. The international airports are on high alert with team of doctors monitoring visitors and quarantining them at the slightest provocation. India is fast buckling up to handle this situation. There are 5 suspect cases in India as of now which are being kept in tight observation and are quarantined to contain the effects of the swine flu virus.

With around 67% jump in the confirmed cases of H1N1 virus or swine flu since Friday,we as individuals also need to be ready when it comes to controlling the spread of a potential epidemic already covering 18 countries. Here are few precautions that we should take to safeguard our kids and ourselves from swine flu:
  • If you come across symptoms like body ache and fever, do not ignore.
  • Do visit a physician if the condition stays for more than 24 hours. It can be coughing, sneezing and upper respiratory disorders.
  • In case of even the slightest doubt, start using a mask while coming in contact with the child and otherwise. Take a test because timely diagnosis is the savior.
  • Wash your hands frequently and use good hygiene practices with your child.
  • Keep the kids clean and use sanitizers.
  • If you see any person or child with the prolonged flu like symptoms, advice him or her to go to doctor or inform the appropriate authorities to conduct the check.

There is no proper medicine for swine flu, it is only the timely care that can help in saving the precious life. This does not mean that you should start panicking and start feeling the heat of the moment but it definitely means that you should be ready to gauge the onset. The government for sure is taking measures but we should also do our bit in taking control of the situation and making world a safer place.

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Hi Jaanvi, yes, we all have to be cautious.
But papers have to sell, so they make everyone worried and frightened more.
Anyway, we wash our hands evert time we return from outside, especially after touching money.

One of the ways we get sick is thru handling of money....its dirty from passing thru so many hands. Never know where that money was, with whom too.

You keep well Jaanvi, best regards, Lee.

May 4, 2009 at 5:37 PM  

Tell me about it....scary indeed!

What with gloablisation and borderless worlds...

May 5, 2009 at 9:32 AM  

hi Jaanvi, thanx for dropping by my blog. My ethan is 1 year 9 mths old. :)

May 5, 2009 at 11:02 AM  

it is scary...yeah...

i just hope they will be able to "control" it...

i always wear a face mask when i'm down with cold at home (when i bath my daughter or whenever having close contact with her)

btw, here's wishing you a HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY in advance :-)

May 5, 2009 at 2:29 PM  

Scary Scary Scary.....

May 6, 2009 at 5:47 PM  

yea right, it's big alert everywhere ! But the key is keep a pair of clean hands ! :)

May 6, 2009 at 10:24 PM  

ya, it's so dangerous and everyone must be alert

May 7, 2009 at 9:09 AM  

We have confirmed cases here. My son came home yesterday and said they announced it over the speaker at school. They didn't close our schools, though.

May 8, 2009 at 7:07 PM  

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