Since I feel like I have the flu almost all of the time, I was wondering the same thing, but the Swine Flu comes with a very high fever. From what I heard it is the very first symptom. Sooooo...that's how you would know the difference as I don't think fibromites spike 103 degree fevers.
Wash those hands!
I have Purell in my car and after I go to the grocery store, pump gas, you name it, I use it. Then when I get home I wash my hands too. I would have made a good infection control nurse in my day. This morning I told my son to use the hand sanitizer at his school at "least" a couple of times a day because of this swine flu concern.
I was listening to "Geraldo" last night and they stated to wash hands often and if you start to show flu like symptoms, accompanied by a high fever- to call your Dr. Not to go into the hospital, but let the Dr. direct you on what to do. They have a couple different pills you can start taking within the first 48 hrs of onset, that will make the flu milder so it doesn't get to the real bad stage.
We were just talking about this at work b/c we have an employee in MX. He said all the schools are closed there and they are leaving the house as little as possible. I also teased that I feel like I have the flu right now, so how am I supposed to tell, but I agree that I would have a fever as well if it really were the flu.
I do hope we all can stay well.
I have a friend who suffers from chronic, life threatening cellulitus from abusing all those anti-bacterial products. They kill the good bacteria along with the bad and now when he gets it, he is in intensive care every time, on Anthrax anti biotics as he has built up such a resistance to most other medications. We need germs to survive. I saw a doctor on the news that said the best thing you can do for your children is to let them play in the dirt...and get them a long haired dog to combat allergies and build up a resistance to disease.
Just read the label on a can of Lysol, or any spray disinfectant. Make sure it doesn't enter the blood stream or mucus membranes. "hazardous to domestic animals and humans. Do not allow to penetrate clothing. Wear saftely glasses or safety shield for eye saftey. Wash hands before eating or drinking, or handling food. Wash clothing after exposure to this product." Yet in the commercials, they show some woman spraying telephones, high chairs, door knobs etc with this stuff.
Soap and water is my choice. An occasional rinse with Purell if I'm somehere where I can't wash my hands is okay but in my humble opinion, slathering that stuff on everything is dangerous.