By Mimi Johnson A little more than a week after the first announcements of the H1N1 flu (swine flu) hitting the United States, it seems the virus has now spread throughout much of the country. Though it now appears to be a milder flu than was initially expected, we still need to act with good judgment (and hygiene) to help keep this virus at bay! Some things to consider:
- If you or a member of your household is diagnosed with the H1N1 flu virus, notify employers and schools as soon as possible.
- If you or a member of your household is feeling sick or exhibiting flu-like symptoms, do not go to school or work. You should also limit the contact you (and your sick household) has with others.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue (or your elbow) when you cough or sneeze, and throw the tissue away immediately after using it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water — especially after you cough or sneeze, touch communal handrails, door knobs, etc., or before you eat; alcohol-based hand cleaners or wipes will also do the trick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. That’s how germs spread.