How does swine flu spread?

August 13, 2009

It spreads in the same way as seasonal influenza – through direct contact (being within one metre of an infected person) or indirect contact (touching a contaminated surface).

People usually get swine influenza from infected pigs, however, some human cases lack contact history with pigs or environments where pigs have been located.

Human-to-human transmission has occurred in some instances but was limited to close contacts and closed groups of people

Precautions to be taken against H1N1

August 13, 2009
  1. A mask to cover your nose and mouth is a must. These are not just regular masks but a special one called N-95 which filter microbes in the air that you inhale and exhale.
  2. A mask is a must when you are in a high-risk situation particularly when you have to go to a hospital to get tested and you have to be in the waiting room. Also keep the mask on when you are in a crowded place.
  3. Cover your mouth surely while coughing and sneezing turn your head and cough into your shoulder.
  4. Wash your hands in case there is body contact with someone who’s got cold and cough.

Swine flu: What you should know specially parents

August 13, 2009
  • If your child has fever, throat infection, body ache, consult doctor.
  • Must go to a doctor at any government facility meant for swine flu.
  • Swine flu testing is done only at government hospitals.
  • Nose and throat swabs will be taken and tested.
  • Child will not be quarantined if there are no symptoms.
  • If clinical symptoms exist, child will be hospitalised, and tamiflu will be given only if the tests are positive.
  • Act early to ensure quick recovery.
  • Rapid screening advised by private hospitals not legal.
  • Do not go for rapid screening as it’s not 100 per cent accurate.