Side Topic: Prevent getting swine flu (or any flu)
By now, you have heard that the swine flu has affected Mexico, US and Canada while some countries like New Zealand and Russia have cases that are yet to be verified. To avoid getting the swine flu or any flu for that matter, it pays to go back to the teachings that we have learned from our parents and grandparents. Simply put, practice good hygiene.
Here are the tips of doctors on how to prevent getting swine flu (or any kind of flu or disease).
1. Wash your hands often with anti-bacterial soap and water. Some doctors say that you should sing “Happy Birthday” when washing your hands. The song indicates how long you should wash your hands. When the song ends, the hand washing ends, too.
2. Cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing. As a courtesy, make sure that you cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing to avoid infecting others. Always have tissue paper (or hanky) ready and make sure you dispose of it properly. If you don’t have tissue or hanky, use the crook of your arm to cover your mouth.
3. Always bring your alcohol or alcohol-based hand sanitizer. If you happen to use your palms when covering your sneezing or coughing, make sure you disinfect your hands right away. Anything you touch may lead to infecting other people.
4. If you want to wear a mask, buy the N95 kind. All doctors agree that this is the best kind of mask to protect you against airborne diseases like swine/bird flu.
5. Protect your body. Regularly drink your vitamins (multivitamins and ascorbic acid) and always eat nutritious foods.
6. Stay at home. If you’re sick, stay at home. Enough said.
As the old cliché goes, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.