How to keep away from getting the swine flu?

People stand at a counter to get information on swine flu at Sassoon Hospital in Pune, where at four people have died from the virus. — Photo by AP

People stand at a counter to get information on swine flu at Sassoon Hospital in Pune, where at four people have died from the virus. — Photo by AP

How to keep away from getting the flu?

First and most important: Follow simple steps as cough etiquettes (covering mouth and nose with handkerchief or tissue paper while coughing), stay at least an arm’s length from persons coughing or sneezing, avoid gathering and wash your hands frequently. Try to stay in good general health. Get plenty of sleep, he physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.

What can I do to protect myself from getting sick ?

(1) Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

(2) Wash hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.

(3) Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.

(4) Try to avoid close contact with people having respiratory illness.

(5) If one gets sick with influenza, one must stay at home, away from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them. However, if one is having any respiratory distress, one should report to a nearby hospital.

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