Pandemic Flu Preparedness

Human history has witnessed many global epidemic outbreaks and the recent one of them doing the rounds is the swine flu, medically known as A(H1N1). It surfaced in Mexico in March 2009 and has spread to as many as 74 countries across the world. It is caused by the H1N1 virus which is a combination of human, avian and pig influenza strains, and hence, humans have no immunity against this virus. It is causing severe respiratory illness and has also culminated in a number of hospitalizations and deaths. The World Health Organization has pronounced this flu a global pandemic and has urged all countries to chalk out plans for comprehensive pandemic flu preparedness.

The symptoms of this flu are similar to the seasonal flu and can show up in affected people as coughs or sneezes, runny or stuffy nose, sore throats, fever, body aches, headaches, chills and even vomiting or nausea in some cases. It spreads via cough drops released by affected people while coughing or sneezing and also by touching the nose or mouth after touching any objects in contact with affected people. In this age of global trade and international travel, it is imperative for all authorities to undertake all possible measures for flu pandemic preparedness, especially since any vaccine for this flu is not yet available. It is feared that this virus may mutate further and the flu can surge further, disrupting public life.

At all levels, it is important to chalk out contingency plans because the number of people not reporting for work might increase. This may be because they might get the flu or may have to stay home to take care of a family member down with flu or to avoid the flu. Mass gatherings and public functions might dwindle in numbers; students may suffer due to closure of schools, hospitals and clinics might be overcrowded with rising number of swine flu patients. Medical experts strongly recommend maintaining complete hygiene, avoiding crowds, wearing masks in crowded places to avoid the airborne virus and keeping surroundings clean. A scientific disinfectant like Smittstopp can prove to be very useful to clean and degrease all surfaces and also kill all viruses, including swine flu virus.

Smittstopp is a revolutionary Swedish product available in a spray form. Once sprayed, it forms an invisible film of positively charged cationic polymers. It attracts all viruses and bacteria because they are all negatively charged. They stick to the film and then die. Just one spray and wiping once is all that is needed to form the polymer film. This film is invisible and water resistant also. So there is no need to spray daily except if the surface is very dirty because dirt may breed other germs or if the film is removed mechanically.

Smittstopp can prove to be a very useful tool in pandemic flu preparedness plans because it not only helps keep surroundings clean, it also kills viruses eliminating the risk of its multiplication. It can be sprayed on all common surfaces like doorknobs, toilets, kitchen counters, workstations, desks, public transport vehicles and even clothes to make them virus proof. In the case of unavailability of government recommended N95 face masks, an ordinary surgical mask can be treated with Smittstopp and used without any fear of the swine flu virus