WHO H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) Update

May 4, 2009  /  Lifestyle

What You Can Do to Stay Healthy

· Stay informed. We will send email regularly as information becomes available.

· Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.

· Take everyday actions to stay healthy.

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

o 2. Wash your hands often (hourly, if possible) with anti-microbial soap and hot water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.

o 3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.

o 4. Stay home if you get sick. CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

  • Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds and other social distancing measures.
  • Develop a family & company viral emergency plan as a precaution. This should include storing a supply of food, medicines, facemasks, alcohol-based hand rubs and other essential supplies.
  • Call 1-800-CDC-INFO for more information.

Current WHO Status: Level 5 of 6 (Level 6 possible in coming days, a level 6 indicates a global outbreak of swine flu is already underway)

Texas Cases: 41

% of CDC reserves deployed from US Strategic National Stockpile as of today: 25%

Life of Virus on nonliving surfaces (door knobs, etc…) is projected to be 72 hours.

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