The spreading of swine flu is in the same ways that flu is normally transmitted during the seasonal flu each year. According to the Center of Disease Control (CDC) H1N1 is spread from person to person mainly thru sneezing and coughing by those who are sick or infected by the virus. H1N1 has a lengthy incubation period of a week to 10 days, so people are spreading this virus before they develop any symptoms or even know that they are infected.
People can be infected by touching infected surfaces such as desks, computers or door knobs and then touching their mouth, nose or eyes. Some ways to keep from spreading H1N1 are to wash hands frequently, cough or sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue and dispose of the tissue immediately after use. If you share a work space, be sure to wipe your desk and computer down with a sanitizing wipe or other sanitizing product at the beginning and end of the day. If you develop flu like symptoms, stay home and contact your family physician — especially if you have recently traveled to Mexico. If your children are sick, don’t send them to school or daycare.
H1N1 was first noticed in late April of this year, at the end of what would normally be the flu season. Mexico began noticing a large number of hospitalizations with flu like illnesses. Because of the number and the lateness of the year for these types of symptoms, Mexican health professionals on the advice of the World Health Organization (WHO) and CDC, began testing patients and identified a new strain of swine flu called H1N1. The majority of these cases were reported in the area of Mexico City. Cases then began showing up in the United States and Canada from citizens who had returned from business or vacations in different regions of Mexico.
In Mexico as of the second week of May, it seems that H1N1 might have reached its peak. As of May 11th, they currently have 1626 laboratory confirmed cases of H1N1 flu with 48 deaths. In the United States, the number of laboratory confirmed cases is 2532 in 41 states with 3 deaths reported — but all deaths in the United States had underlying health issues. Costa Rica reports 8 laboratory confirmed cases with 1 death. But please note that these are only cases that have been confirmed by testing. Many mild cases have probably been occurring but have not been confirmed so the fatality rate can not be deducted from these released figures.
The WHO report dated May 11th reports 4694 laboratory confirmed cases of H1N1 in 30 different countries.
Swedish invention can reduce the spread of swine influenza (H1N1)
SmittsStopp can be used on all touch surfaces in hospitals, clinics, public spaces, restaurants, schools, kindergartens, shops, taxis, buses and of course at home. Examples of such surfaces are the taps, handles, switches, and similar surfaces where infection spreads easily. It can be used to wipe off the cell phones, computer key boards and mice.
SmittStopp is based on a unique new Swedish invention, cationic polymer, which is positively charged and attaches to all surfaces. Bacteria, virus, staphylococci, and all microorganisms are negatively charged. These are attracted to the positive charge in the polymer where they can not grow and die. For further information go to smittstopp.com.