Tips on how to avoid swine flu


ACCORDING to Queensland Health, the symptoms of human swine influenza are similar to those of seasonal influenza, including: fever, a cough, sore throat, runny nose or nasal congestion.

Being within one metre of an infected person while they are talking, coughing or sneezing puts you at risk of becoming infected.

Virus-containing droplets can land on the surfaces of the mouth, nose and throat of people close by.

If you have any symptoms, Queensland Health advises you:

  •  Stay home when you are sick.
  •  Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand gel.
  •  Wash your hands before touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  •  When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with disposable tissues, which should be disposed of immediately.
  •  Don't share items such as cigarettes, glasses or cups, lipstick, toys or anything which could be contaminated with respiratory secretions.
  •  Maintain at least one metre distance from people who have flu-like symptoms such as coughing or sneezing.
  •  Consult your doctor if you have a cough and fever. Follow their instructions, including taking medicine as prescribed.
  •  If attending a medical practice or hospital emergency department, telephone beforehand so they can arrange for you to be seen away from other people.

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