What is Swine Flu?
Technically speaking swine flu adverts as influenza in pigs. It had its origins as influenza viruses that were passed on from pigs to humans. Ultimately, with time the infection started to spread as a result of contact between humans.
Swine Flu – Infographic:
The swine flu infection spreads through the air when the virus drops move about freely. This happens when the infected individual coughs or sneezes without covering his/her mouth.
What are the Symptoms?
The most common symptoms of swine flu infection are:
- Fever – You may experience high temperatures and dizziness.
- Soreness of throat
- Cough – Dry cough and cold.
- Vomiting – Feelings of nausea.
- Diarrhoea – Along with stomach pain.
- Headache – Along with body ache and joint pain.
- Runny Nose- Blocked nose.
- Chills – Such as in the palm or toe areas.
- Fatigue – Constant feeling of weakness that may continue for more than a week.
Is Prevention Better Than Cure?
A few preventive measures that you should ensure to follow in order to avoid getting infected are:
- Maintain a distance of at least 3 feet from the infected person.
- Keep your hands sanitized and clean by washing them regularly.
- Remember to keep your mouth and nose covered at all times and especially when you are sneezing and/or coughing.
- Include foods in your daily diet (such as chicken, beans, fish, milk, soy-based foods, lots of fruits and vegetables especially fruits containing vitamin A) that will further help to boost your immune system.
Are You in The Danger Zone?
There are certain groups of people depending on age and conditions of health that are most susceptible or vulnerable to getting infected. These are:
- Babies, Children and young adults (especially those below 19 years of age).
- Women who are pregnant.
- The old and the ailing (Above the 65 year’s threshold).
- People with disabilities.