People all over the world have expressed their fear of swine flu and have wondered as to what is the scientific name for the “swine flu”. This new disease that has affected thousands of human beings all over the world was called “swine flu” but the word “swine” was banned when the World Health Organization proclaimed that the WHO would now refer to this new strain of influenza as “Influenza A – H1N1.
The fact remains that even though the name has changed, the virus is still the same, and many scientists have confirmed that the genetic material comes from the viruses that are known to infect pigs. Cultural issues and other sensitive issues in different parts of the world prompted the WHO to give the swine flu a scientific name.
Influenza A – H1N1 flu refers to the surface protein types Neuraminidase (n) and Hemagglutinin (H) of the virus strain. During the typical flu season,the H1N1 and H3N2 strains are said to usually infect people. The virus can only infect persons if there is a zoonotic transmission.
It is common knowledge that the H1N1 virus is airborne and can even infect and contaminate surfaces. Touching an infected surface and then touching one’s eyes mouth and nose with the same hands can cause infection. It is therefore safer to follow all the measures recommended by health authorities strictly. Some of these measures are wearing a face mask or respirator that is designed to filter out dangerous viruses and other microorganisms, washing one’s hands frequently with a sanitizer, keeping away from crowded areas, covering one’s mouth while coughing and sneezing, and keeping a very high level of personal hygiene.
Surfaces can be kept clear of all contamination by microorganisms by spraying the Smittstopp spray. This spray is effective in not only keeping the surface clean of all fats, grease and dirt but also acts like a disinfectant. The spray leaves behind a coating of cationic polymer that is positively charged which attracts (through electrostatic attraction) the negatively charged viruses and bacteria in the air. Once these microorganisms get stuck to the sprayed surface, they are killed in an instant. This spray offers a long term protection. It is even effective on clothes which retain the protection effect even after being washed numerous times.
Usage of the Smittstopp spray in all public places like bus and train terminals, shopping centers, cinema halls, clinics and hospitals, libraries, hotels and restaurants etc. Places that are most likely to get infected like public toilets, schools and educational institutes, pubs etc should be sprayed so that the risks of infection are lowered. Surfaces of lift buttons, taps, handles and door knobs, railings etc should be sprayed too.
It is not recommended to use common sprays or cleaners on top of the Smittstopp sprayed surfaces because these sprays are negatively charged and they will neutralize the effect of the Smittstopp spray.
It is not difficult to realize what is the scientific name of the swine flu when one understands the subtype of Influenza A virus that is similar to the virus seen in pigs. Infected people can easily infect others even before the symptoms develop. A vigilant look out for the symptoms is necessary. These are vomiting, fever, diarrhea, fatigue, body ache and headache, breathing problems etc.