What is the best method of prevention of swine flu? The Center of Disease Control (CDC) haves advised that the best prevention for Swine flu (H1N1) is the same preventions that are normally taken during seasonal flu season each year.
H1N1 is spread from person to person commonly thru sneezing and coughing by those who are either sick or infected by the virus. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that H1N1 has an incubation period of a week or more so people can spread the virus before developing symptoms. People can also be infected by touching an object such as a door knob, light switch, computer keyboard or mice which has the virus on it and then touching mouth, eyes or nose.
Ways to help prevent the spread of this flu are to frequently wash hands, cough or sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue and dispose of the tissue after use. If you share a work space with anyone, be sure to wipe your desk and computer down with a sanitizing wipe or other sanitizing product at the end of the day. If you have flu like symptoms, stay home and contact your family physician especially if you have recently traveled to Mexico. If your child is sick, don’t send them to school or daycare.
Swine flu is a common respiratory illness among pigs and is caused by Type-A flu viruses. But pigs in pork producing countries are vaccinated each year against this flu. Most swine flu viruses do not infect humans. But the current swine flu epidemic is different. This flu virus, H1N1, is a new virus which has DNA from pig flu, bird flu and human flu. This combination forming the new virus does spread from person to person and because humans have no immunity, it can spread worldwide rapidly. The World Health Organization has raised its pandemic alert level to 5 meaning that this virus spreads between humans and has spread to at least two countries and that a worldwide epidemic is imminent.
WHO further reports that younger people in the Southern Hemisphere may be especially vulnerable during their upcoming flu season because of malnourishment, wars, HIV infections and other factors. This can mean that a mild virus in wealthier countries can be very severe in developing countries. This also leaves open the questions of how many people in the Southern Hemisphere may become very ill with this new flu virus and could it mutate into a more severe version.
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.