“Swine flu” is a type of influenza known to cause “fever like” symptoms and even death in humans. Its origin is associated with the 1918 swine flu pandemic where many humans and pigs acquired the influenza h1n1 virus. During this period 50 to 100 million were killed worldwide, but today, due to modern technologies and research, proper precautions and methods for prevention are being utilized to keep the public safe.
Swine flu has not had much of an affect on the history of American’s, yet due to recent outbreaks and attributed deaths, swine flu news has become quite prevalent. Information sharing from various sources such as the CDC and other governmental agencies in regards to the h1n1 virus has made it easier for the public to become more knowledgeable and help quarantine the flu.
Swine flu originates from an influenza virus that originated in pigs (hence the name “swine flu”, then became transferable from pigs to humans, and now is transferred between humans. When one contracts swine flu, it may be disregarded as the more common type of influenza. This is due to the fact that swine flu symptoms are much like those of the regular flu. The symptoms can result in lethargy, vomiting, fever, body aches, diarrhea, as well as other common flu symptoms. Symptoms of swine flu may also be very mild on the first day, but can easily carry on from 3 to 7 days.
Some believe that swine flu is no greater health threat than the common flu. However; due to recent spreading of the h1n1 virus, as well as worldwide deaths, swine flu preventions and precautions are more highly looked upon.
Swine flu prevention is similar to most other illnesses of its type. One can follow two simple guidelines in order to help protect their health and well being:
1. Always remember to clean and wash your hands; hand sanitizer is your best friend. The CDC has said that swine flu virus can remain active for up to two hours after coming in contact with a hard surface. So by using hand sanitizer in addition to washing your hands often, you are doing well to protect yourself and others with whom you come in contact.
2. Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. Too often contagious or sick individuals sneeze and cough without covering their mouth and nose, leaving others at risk for disease exposure. While masks may seem a bit extreme, it is important to cover one’s mouth and nose to eliminate the transfer of virus through the respiratory system.
There are treatments for the h1n1 virus, yet due to the constant rate of evolution of viruses, vaccines and medicines can be hard to make. Most recently the United States Government has released 6 million vaccines in nasal spray form that have been distributed to parts of the population responsible for the care of young children. The next vaccines will come in a bigger batch, and will be available in an injectable form so that the public can have greater access to the vaccine.
Due to recent swine flu deaths, over 550 in Brazil alone, the CDC is making the public aware of how to prevent the transmission of swine flu, and has given top priority to making and distributing the vaccine to the public. Swine flu outbreaks can occur suddenly and proper precautions must met. Most recently in Atlanta, Georgia, students at a private college had to be quarantined to ensure the safety of other students.
The Swine flue incubation period lasts from 5 days to a week, and is vital to prevent the flu from spreading to a larger area. Incubation should not be taken lightly, as one can still spread the h1n1 virus one to two days after feeling better.
Swine flu information and facts are constantly updated through the CDC, as well as other government agencies to ensure the safety and general well being of the public. By understanding the origin and symptoms of the h1n1 virus, proper swine flu precautions and treatments can be utilized in preventing swine flu outbreaks around the world.