10 August 2009

Swine Flu H1N1 World Map

Swine Flu H1N1 is spreading all over the world and the pace will be very high in the highly populated countries like India and China. Indian Government is acting very quickly to make the pandemic under control.

There are lot of questions arising from everywhere 'How to protect my self from Swine Flu / H1Ni'.

Following are some guidelines WHO recommends to prevent Swine Flu

For individuals who are well:
Maintain distance of at least 1 metre from any individual with influenza-like symptoms
• refrain from touching mouth and nose
• perform hand hygiene frequently, by washing with soap and water or using an alcoholbased handrub , especially if touching the mouth and nose and surfaces that are potentially contaminated
• reduce as much as possible the time spent in close contact with people who might be ill
• reduce as much as possible the time spent in crowded settings
• improve airflow in your living space by opening windows as much as possible.

Click here to get the list of Hospitals testing H1N1 in Bangalore with address and phone numbers

Number of Laboratory cases reported to WHO

For individuals with influenza-like symptoms:
• stay at home if you feel unwell and follow the local public health recommendations
• keep distance from well individuals as much as possible (at least 1 metre)
• cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, with tissues or other suitable
materials, to contain respiratory secretions. Dispose of the material immediately after use
or wash it. Clean hands immediately after contact with respiratory secretions!
• improve airflow in your living space by opening windows as much as possible.

Geographic Spread of Swine Flu / H1N

If masks are worn, proper use and disposal is essential to ensure they are potentially
effective and to avoid any increase in risk of transmission associated with the incorrect
use of masks. The following information on correct use of masks derives from the practices in health-care settings:

• place mask carefully to cover mouth and nose and tie securely to minimise any gaps
between the face and the mask
• while in use, avoid touching the mask - whenever you touch a used mask, for example when removing or washing, clean hands by washing with soap and water or using an alcohol-based handrub
• replace masks with a new clean, dry mask as soon as they become damp/humid
• do not re-use single-use masks
- discard single-use masks after each use and dispose of them immediately upon

How to wear a mask ? See at N95 mask : No Stock in Bangalore

Although some alternative barriers to standard medical masks are frequently used (e.g. cloth
mask, scarf, paper masks, rags tied over the nose and mouth), there is insufficient information available on their effectiveness. If such alternative barriers are used, they should only be used once or, in the case of cloth masks, should be cleaned thoroughly between each use (i.e. wash with normal household detergent at normal temperature). They should be removed immediately after caring for the ill. Hands should be washed immediately after removal of the mask.

Find out more about Swine Flu at WHO website

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