Can the virus be detected during the swine flu incubation period?

Many people ask “can the virus be detected during the swine flu incubation period?” and the answer to that is “not really”! This is because the symptoms don’t really show in the first few days of getting infected. In other words, the incubation period for the JH1N1/swine flu virus ranges from 4 to about 10 days and during this period the virus is asymptomatic. Thus it cannot be detected easily. In the meantime, the virus keeps spreading from one person to another. Moreover when the symptoms appear in the beginning they are very similar to the usual seasonal flu – fever, body ache, headache, vomiting, fatigue, sore throat etc.

Personal hygiene is extremely important during the incubation period so utmost care has to be taken by every individual. Though the virus cannot be transmitted by food, it can infect surfaces and contaminate them. Therefore take precautionary measures to reduce the risk of infection. Some of these measures are washing one’s hands frequently, avoiding smoking especially at pubs and crowded places, wearing facemasks and respirators, using disinfectants and anti-viral sprays, and being vigilant and on the look out for the symptoms of swine flu. An early detection of the disease increases the chances of getting cured. One of the baffling things about this new strain of flu virus is the fact that young people who are in their prime are the ones who are getting infected. This could be because they have no immunity against the disease.

The alarming death toll makes one want to take maximum precautions against the swine flu. One such measure is the usage of the Smittstopp spray that can be used on almost all surfaces. Once the spray dries it coats the surface with a thin layer of cationic polymer. This is positively charged and it works on the principle of “electrostatic attraction” attracting the negatively charged anionic viruses and bacteria (microorganisms) that are in the air. These microorganisms get stuck to the sprayed surface and are instantly killed before they can spread or breed. The Smittstopp spray thus keeps the environment safe from viruses.

The Smittstopp spray should be used in all public places, especially those that are likely to get infected. Public toilets, terminals, transport vehicles, hotels, restaurants, libraries, malls, schools and colleges, etc should be sprayed with the Smittstopp spray so that there is no infection. Table tops, switches, railings, door knobs, lift buttons; etc should also be sprayed to ensure complete safety.

The Smittstopp spray gives a long term protection to the user. It has been proved that clothes that have been sprayed, still retain the effect long after 20 washes! Therefore even the facemask can be sprayed inside out to double the protection. Common cleaners should not be used on top of the Smittstop sprayed surface as these are anionic – negatively charged – and will neutralize the Smittstopp effect!

Personal hygiene has to be at a very high level. All personal items like jewelry, keys, cell phones, hand bags and purses etc can be sprayed with the Smittstopp spray.

If you are wondering “Can the virus be detected during the swine flu incubation period?” then as mentioned earlier in this article, with the virus being asymptomatic, it is difficult and many times goes undetected. It is up to the individual to be responsible and sensible not to risk infection by associating freely and carelessly with people who have the symptoms or frequenting crowded areas without wearing a facemask.