|H1N1 information from MUSC’s Michael G. Schmidt, PhD
Things to keep in mind regarding H1N1 (swine) flu
If you’re in close proximity to H1N1, you have a 1 in 2 chance of actually coming down with it if you don’t follow the prevention strategies recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.
H1N1 is spread through droplet secretion, so it’s a very big drop. If someone coughs or sneezes on you, you have an opportunity to get it, especially if it comes in contact with your mucus membranes, like your eyes or nose.
H1N1 can live outside the body for up to 17 days on things like paper money. So wash your hands well or us hand sanitizer before touching your face.
The first hallmark symptom of H1N1 is that you become sick really quickly. The symptoms include a fever (usually 100 degrees), upper respiratory congestion, aches and pains, headache and lethargy.
If you’re sick, stay home. Call your doctor and decide together what’s the best course of action. Don’t go to school, work or church to infect your friends and family. Keep everyone at arm’s length, drink plenty of fluids, and rest.
The best thing parents can do to protect their children is the same thing their parents did for them — remind kids to wash their hands before eating and pay special attention to hygiene.
— Michael G. Schmidt PhD, MUSC Department of Microbiology and Immunology
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