Swine flu is an influenza A (H1N1) virus and reportedly this virus contains components of pig and bird influenza viruses in it to which human lack any kind of immunity.
This infection can easily spread from one person to another and has the ability to result in a global outbreak. For a highly contagious virus of this nature, the main source of entry in the body are nostrils and mouth/throat. Have a look at the picture how a virus enters the body.
Common Symptoms of infection are:
- High Fever
- Running nose & Cough
- Sore Throat
- Sever body aches including headaches
- Feeling of extreme fatigue
- Diarrhea and vomiting
- More severe infection can also result in Pneumonia and Respiratory Failure.
6 Preventive and Precaution Tips:
- Frequent Hand-wash is necessary
Frequently wash your hands using an antibacterial soap and especially before taking meals. It is good to follow a hands off the face approach.
- Drink plenty of water
Drinking minimum 8-10 glasses of water every day is highly recommended to flush out toxins from the body and keep skin moisturized. Gargling twice a day with lukewarm salt water can prevent any infection in the throat to proliferate.
- Clean your nostrils everyday
It is important to clean your nostrils at least once in a day, you can use cotton buds and dip them in warm salt water and swab both the nostrils.
- Increase liquid intake
Take 2-3 cups of coffee, tea, green tea or other warm liquids to wash off viruses from the stomach.
- Enhance your natural immunity
Take a balanced and healthy diet and take foods that are especially rich in vitamin c such as orange, amla, lemon and other citrus fruits and green vegetables. You can also take vitamin c tablets.
- Keep yourself updated
There are efforts being made, govt. is taking necessary steps to prevent this virus from spreading and causing an outbreak in the country. So keep yourself informed about facts, safety tips or any relevant information shared in this context.