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|11th August 2009, 18:26||#106|
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This information came over an email, thought of sharing it here!
10 Preventive Steps to keep Swine-Flu Away:
They say prevention is better than cure and now that Swine Flu is spreading like Wildfire in India too, we need to come up with some proactive measures so that we are not a victim of the deadly disease. Here are 10 things you can do to protect yourself from the virus.
1. Wash your hands frequently
Use the antibacterial soaps to cleanse your hands. Wash them often, at least 15 seconds and rinse with running water.
2. Get enough sleep
Try to get 8 hours of good sleep every night to keep your immune system in top flu-fighting shape.
3. Keep hydrated
Drink 8 to10 glasses of water each day to flush toxins from your system and maintain good moisture and mucous production in your sinuses.
4. Boost your immune system
Keeping your body strong, nourished, and ready to fight infection is important in flu prevention. So stick with whole grains, colorful vegetables, and vitamin-rich fruits.
5. Keep informed
The government is taking necessary steps to prevent the pandemic and periodically release guidelines to keep the pandemic away. Please make sure to keep up to date on the information and act in a calm manner.
6. Avoid alcohol
Apart from being a mood depressant, alcohol is an immune suppressant that can actually decrease your resistance to viral infections like swine flu. So stay away from alcoholic drinks so that your immune system may be strong.
7. Be physically active
Moderate exercise can support the immune system by increasing circulation and oxygenating the body. For example brisk walking for 30-40 minutes 3-4 times a week will significantly perk up your immunity.
8. Keep away from sick people
Flu virus spreads when particles dispersed into the air through a cough or sneeze reach someone else's nose. So if you have to be around someone who is sick, try to stay a few feet away from them and especially, avoid physical contact.
9. Know when to get help
Consult your doctor if you have a cough and fever and follow their instructions, including taking medicine as prescribed.
10. Avoid crowded areas
Try to avoid unnecessary trips outside. Moreover, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way. We all want a Healthy India.
|11th August 2009, 21:22||#107|
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My 2.5 year old son had fever last Thursday and the doctor (PD) prescribed Meftal-P and Sinarest. The fever subsided and he even went to play school on Friday, and even yesterday too. Fever returned this morning and was given Meftal at 8 am. Fever subsided and returned again at 2 pm... He is alright and active as I write this. I suppose there is no cause for worry but as a father it is difficult. Should I be worried?
My general observation of the current situation: I fail to understand why the govt. see it fit to designate so few hospitals, that too only govt. hospitals, as screening and treatment centres. With so many people rushing to so few centres, the chances of virus transmission at these venues is very real, IMHO. Moreover, with few material comfort at these govt. facilities its no surprise that some of the initial patients, who were overseas travellers, escaped from the isolation wards.
|11th August 2009, 21:59||#108|
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|12th August 2009, 08:49||#110|
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There is panic going on among Manipal University students here after a few cases were detected. Lots of them are walking and driving with surgical masks on, like that helps some how. Since swine flu spread via touch, how is surgical mask going to help? But the surgical shops in Manipal are doing brisk business selling masks in hundreds.
|12th August 2009, 09:03||#111|
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I dont know what did I say that is to be rebuffed. I have clearly mentioned in my mail that two reasons for it becoming more "infamous" is the way it spreads (through air) and prevalence in affluent/urban society, and I stand by it. Other diseases probably dont come under flu varliety and dont spread through air. If you take the case of Kerala, Dengue and Chikumguniya has been widespread and nobody seems to notice it that much. Few of my relatives have suffered from it and some have died as well. But unfortunately I dont see the urgency in treating such issues which are result of unclean surroundings.
|12th August 2009, 09:57||#113|
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If it spreads through air, then it justifies wearing of masks by non-infected people.
|12th August 2009, 10:19||#114|
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Here are some steps for your children and yourselves to develop the immune in the body:
Early morning add 2 teaspoon of jaggery in one cup of water and consume daily. (Empty Stomach)
Night before going to bed add 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder in a 1/2 glass of milk and consume.
Healthy Water : 4 liters of water + 60 ‘Tulasi’ Leaves + 3 vilvam leaves + 10 grains of Black Pepper – boil for 20 min on full flame and use the filtered water for drinking to increase immunity.
Follow this on a daily basis to gain anti bodies in your system.
Besides, use "Nilgiri (Eucalyptus) oil" drops on handkerchiefs and masks as one of the preventive measures against Swine Flue. Also apply it on nose, head and throat daily twice.
– Source: National Institute of Virology.
Use Ginger and Tulasi in your tea daily.
Swine flu testing centres details:
•Communicable Disease Hospital, 87, T.H. Road, Tondiarpet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
•King Institute of Preventive Medicine, Guindy, Chennai – 600032. Tel: (24/7 Service) 044-22501706
•Govt. General and Chest Diseases Hospital, Erragadda , Hyderabad. Hospital Helpline Number - 040-23814939
•Beliaghata Infectious Diseases Hospital, 57, Beliaghata Main Road, Kolkata
•Kasturba Hospital, Arthur Road, Sane Guruji Marg, Mumbai 400011 Ph: 022- 23083901 / 23092458 / 23000889
•Sir JJ Hospital, JJ Marg, Byculla, Mumbai – 08. Tel: Phone (022) 23735555, 23739031
•Haffkine Institute. Tel: 022-24160947, 24160961[/SIZE]
•Yellow Fever Quarantine Centre, Near AAI Residential Colony, New Delhi. Ph: 91-11-25652129
•Influenza Ward, Ward no 5, Second Floor, New Building, RML Hospital, Delhi-1
•RML- 91-11-24525211,23404328,23365525- Ext 4328:
•Karve Road hospital, Erandvana Hospital. Contact: Dr Sarita Ganala (9764000939)
•Mhatre Bridge-Late Anandibai Narhar Gadgil Hospital. Contact: Dr Jyotsana Khole (9422987953)
•Ganj Peth-Late Balaji Rakhmaji Gaikwad Hospital. Contact: Dr Sandhya Bahule
•Narayan Peth-Late Kalavatibai Mavale Hospital. Contact: Dr Nila Limaye (9881385015)
•Koregaon Park-Late Bapusaheb Ganuji Kavade Hospital. Contact: Dr Jaya Bhondave (9922504428)
Be healthy, be safe
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|12th August 2009, 10:25||#115|
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Meeting a pandemic challenge - Timely Editorial in today THE HINDU
I sincerely do feel that this ARTICLE is well written & very much timely. This is the link.
The Hindu : Opinion / Editorials : Meeting a pandemic challenge
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In the olden days quacks used to sit on roadsides and shout via a loudspeaker. Now instead of loudspeaker they use sms.
All these desi remedies will ease the symptoms, for example sore throat is soothed by honey, but they will not kill the pathogens.
As for National institude of Virology message, its a big hoax!
|12th August 2009, 11:32||#119|
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Continuing on the homeo alternatives came across an interesting link :
"swine flu" Question. Attn: Joe De Livera :: homeopathyandmore.com
Pl. read through the replies in the thread there.
Sad to see political parties trying to make hay in the mess already created in Maharashtra. Those asking for closing down schools should have better sense. What is the time frame they are looking at !! If the cases dont come down , do they plan a indefinite closure ??
Schools should plan out efficient surveillance like the Panchgani school reported by Mumbai Mirror today.
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|12th August 2009, 11:36||#120|
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The threat is close!
I have been following this thread with utmost concern as also news reports on the same subject.
While I manage to remain calm, some incidents do create a heightened state of panic in my mind. 3 people in my office are reported to have contracted the flu. When such a thing happens so close by, I get a bit scared and start wondering if I am taking sufficient steps to keep myself and my family safe.
I also feel that channels like Times Now are creating a lot of panic without giving actual / realistic details about the disease and prevention methods. I was reading in a newspaper that the death rate is less than 0.1%.
All said and done, how am I to be assured that I will not be a carrier of this flu? Are there any preventive medicines or will homeopathy help? Any ideas, anyone?
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