▲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