It is almost the end of flu season but suddenly a new virus has arrived that is mimicking the flu. The H1N1 virus originated in Mexico and has already claimed the lives of countless people all over the world. In fact the virus spread so quickly that it was found in patients all over the world in a matter of weeks.
The flu-like virus strain is composed of bird, human and swine genes and is responsible for thousands of people taking ill and hundreds dying because of it.
There is no known vaccine that has been developed that can help prevent the flu. Scientists from the United States discovered that Tamiflu and some other vaccinations are helping to keep the virus in check in those that have already contracted the virus. There are some precautions that one can take to help avoid getting the H1N1 virus. Remember these are not cures but only ways to avoid getting swine flu.
If you have been out shopping at a grocery store or a super market make sure that you are not around someone who is coughing or sneezing repeatedly. When you return home the first thing that you should do is wash your hands with warm water and soap.
Use a hand sanitizer to ensure that you have killed all germs. It would be great if you could take a shower or have a bath with a strong anti-bacterial soap. By doing this, you are not just keeping yourself safe but also ensuring the safety of your family.
When you sneeze avoid sneezing into your hands as they are not equipped to catch all the germs that you are expelling out into the air.
Sneeze into your elbow while using your other hand to cover your mouth. When you sneeze or cough into your hand the risk of transferring your germs onto someone else is higher as you use your hands to touch doorknobs or wish someone with a good handshake.
Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and your nose especially if you are around people who are coughing or sneezing. If you have shaken hands with one of these people and then touched any of these parts of your body you are allowing the germs to gain access to your body. Improving your immunity by taking multi vitamin will help you body fight germs and illnesses.