Swine flu has been declared as a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization and is looked at as a serious threat to human health. The swine flu virus is endemic in pigs and can affect people working in close proximity of pigs. A direct transmission form pigs to humans happens occasionally and is called zoonotic flu. The swine flu virus or the H1N1 virus attack of 2009 is not through zoonotic transmission but is due to the mutation of the virus that makes it easy for it to get transferred from human to humans.
Swine flu spreads easily and shows all the symptoms of common human influenza. Symptoms include headaches, fever, chills, body aches, sore throat and chest congestion. In some cases symptom also include diarrhea and vomiting. Swine flu often causes the worsening of underlying cronic medical conditions and can lead to death if not treated in time. It is advised that if you stay in an area where swine flu has reached, then you should immediately visit a medical practitioner if you display any of these symptoms. As these symptoms are not exclusive to swine flu, affected people have to undergo a swab test where a nasopharyngeal or nasal swab is tested to determine the presence of this virus.
Swine flu is at its contagious best from a day before of when the symptoms show up to about five days. It can extend to a period of ten days in case of young children and old people. Swine flu virus spreads through sneezing and coughing or by touching something that has the virus on it and then touching your nose or mouth. In the absence of a preventive vaccine being available in the market today, exercising caution and taking preventive steps is the best way to combat swine flu. You must take measures to boost your immunity by exercising, drinking enough fluids and having a healthy diet.
Along with that you should wash your hands often to protect yourself from bacteria and germs and also avoid touching your face especially, your nose and mouth if your hands have not been washed. It is also advised to use an alcohol based sanitizer on your hands and also to clean surfaces that can breed bacteria and viruses. Avoiding crowded places or wearing safety masks while heading out are considered quite effective to prevent swine flu.
Respirators are masks that have come heavily recommended as these protect the wearers face and mouth from virus contamination. Though you will find a number of people wearing disposable masks or simple surgical masks, respirators are best suited as these masks are made out of several layers of spun plastic fibers, these masks provide protection of up to 95%.
Making these measures a lot more effective is a revolutionary product launched by Smittstopp. This Smittstopp spray contains hard binding cationic polymers that form a thin molecular layer on any surface that is sprayed on. Spraying Smittstopp on the outer cover of your respirator or face mask ensures that no virus or contagion passes though into your system. This spray works by attracting the virus and bacteria to itself and then kills it and can be used as a hand sanitizer, a cleaning agent for your house or office and even your clothes.