Hand washing and hand sanitizer alone will not make the Swine Flu problem go away, but it can help keep you healthy.
Taking care of yourself is more important that anything else. If that means that you have to stay home from work if you feel ill or keep your children home, then do it. The reason colds and the flu spread so easily is because people still try to work through the illness or they can’t get childcare.
This virulent strain of the flu is too strong to just try to ignore or work around.
This isn’t a pandemic but it is important to take care of yourself. Even if you have no plans to go to Mexico, you may know people who have just returned, or who have been around people who have. It’s not like Mexico is so far away – it’s a driveable distance from many mainland US cities.
Flu season precautions are advised for people. Those with compromised immune systems need to be particularly careful but getting a flu shot won’t help because there is no vaccine for swine flu yet.
• Wash hands regularly – with regular soap and water. Antibacterial soaps are good but hand washing with soap works just as well.
• Use hand sanitizer when you cannot get to soap and water cheap hand sanitizer works just as well as the expensive kind.
• Avoid touching your face or mouth
• Avoid going to work or sending children to school when sick
• If you need to sneeze or cough, cough into your elbow – it doesn’t touch as many surfaces as your hands