Good Evening Everyone,
Let's put the H1N1 back in the low anxiety category again. I would like to take this thread back to what we hoped to accomplish here and that was to decrease anxiety re the flu and not let all the news media hype cause our anxiety to sky rocket.
Novel H1N1 infection has been reported to cause a wide range of flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. In addition, many people also have reported nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea.
Illness with the new H1N1 virus has ranged from mild to severe. Most people who have been sick have recovered without needing medical treatment and yes some people have needed hospitalization. That does not mean you will should you get the flu.
When the novel H1N1 outbreak was first detected in mid-April 2009, CDC began working with states to collect, compile and analyze information regarding the novel H1N1 flu outbreak, including the numbers of confirmed and probable cases and the ages of these people. The information analyzed by CDC supports the conclusion that novel H1N1 flu has caused greater disease burden on people younger than 25 years of age than older people.
It’s thought that novel influenza A (H1N1 Flu) spreads in the same way that regular seasonal influenza viruses spread, mainly through the coughs and sneezes of people who are sick with the virus, but it may also be spread by touching infected objects and then touching your nose or mouth.
What can we do to prevent the spread of H1N1 Flu at home ?
Wash your hands regularly with soap and warm for 20 seconds or clean with alcohol-based hand cleaner if soap and water are not available. Use a paper towel to turn off the faucet and to open the bathroom door. Wash after eating and after using the bathroom, just like your mom always told you.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands. Put your used tissue in the waste basket.
Consider getting the flu vaccine. The vaccine is very important for people at high risk.
Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
Carry hand sanitizer as a backup for when you can’t get to the sink.
Wipe down public items that everyone uses, including light switches, doorknobs, toilet handles, and toys. Alcohol-based disposable wipes are ideal for this use.
Pay attention to your overall health. Make sure you are getting enough sleep, maintaining a healthy diet and managing stress. By taking care of yourself, your body will be better able to fend off flu viruses.
In community and home settings, the use of facemasks generally are not recommended. However, for certain circumstances, a facemask may be considered, specifically for persons at increased risk of severe illness from influenza. At the schools we have been putting them on students that show sx of flu and requiring them to keep the masks on until they have left the building.
IMHO the flu is one of those topics that may cause health anxiety or anticipatory anxiety so please do try to stay in the moment. Fall the guideline and use your own best judgement when it comes to your families and to yourselves.
I wish you peace.