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Swine Flu Precautions
April 28, 2009 - Patrick Comer
The World Health Organization has raised the level of pandemic alert to phase 4, two levels below a full-fleged worldwide pandemic of widespread human infections.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDS) has also activated its Emergency Operations Center to coordinate its response to this emerging health threat. Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, declared a public health emergency in the United States.
The CDC has determined this strain of swine flu is contagious and can be passed from human to human.
So what does all this mean for you? Just use some common sense prevention tips and you will likely not have to worry at all.
Here are some prevention tips from the CDC.
What You Can Do 1. Avoid close contact who are sick. 2. Stay home when you are sick. 3. Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. 4. Wash and scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap. 5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
Symptoms Unfortunately, symptoms of swine flu are similar to other less serious human flus. They include sore throat, fever, body aches, chills, fatigue and cough. Fortunately there are vaccinations and medications available to treat swine flu. If you suspect you may be infected contact your health professional immediately.
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