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▲Top 5 Swine Flu Don'ts!

What Not to Do~

1. Don't Rush to the ER
    If you actually have flu-like symptoms — a fever above 100° F,  
    headache,sore throat, body aches, chills or fatigue — and you
    live in an area where there have been confirmed swine flu cases,
    by all means report to your doctor. Otherwise, leave the hospital
    to the sick people.



2. Don't Be Afraid to Eat Pork

    For one thing, there is no evidence that this virus makes pigs
    really sick. And the H1N1 virus actually contains genes from
    swine, avian and human flus. The virus also cannot be spread 
    through pork products — you can't contract swine flu by eating
    bacon, hot dogs or anything else that was once a pig.



3. Don't Hoard Antivirals
    The H1N1 virus has so far proven vulnerable to the antiviral
    drugs Tamiflu and Relenza, which is good news. But that
    capacity could be compromised if people begin stockpiling
    antivirals for their own use. Also, the misuse or overuse of
    Tamiflu or Relenza by patients can promote resistance in
    the flu virus.



4. Don't Leave Home If You Feel Sick
    But when it comes to slowing the overall spread of a
    pandemic flu, the best thing we can do is keep sick people
    away from everyone else. It's called "social distancing,"
    and studies of the deadly 1918 Spanish flu showed that
    cities that instituted distancing measures quickly suffered 
    lower death tolls than cities that did nothing or reacted slowly.



5. Don't Panic

    As worrying as the epidemic has been, keep in mind that 
    only one person so far has died of swine flu outside Mexico.
    Many scientists are beginning to think that even if we do

       have a full-fledged pandemic on our hands, it may likely 
    be a mild one. A computer model by researchers at
    Northwestern University estimated that even if nothing
    were done to slow the spread of the disease from now on,
    by the end of May the U.S. would have only about 1,700 cases. 
    The good news is that H1N1 is hitting North America at the
    tail end of its flu season. It's possible that the virus may peter 
    out and re-appear next autumn, but that gives us months to prepare.


The Content of the Article is From CNN News

http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1895184_1895183_1895176,00.html

 

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