austingoddess has posted some excellent advice re:H1N1 in her journal. I would like to expand on that theme some.
For those who don’t want the Piggy Flu:
If you can, avoid places like doctor’s offices and hospitals. Here’s why: all those folks who DO have the virus are there. Breathing. Out into the air and stuff. Respiratory droplets, mmmboy!
Same goes for any place where large crowds congregate. You hear that coughing, sneezing etc.? Yeah.
Speaking of which, if you are out in public – Cover yer damn mouth when you sneeze/cough/hork up a lung.
As she said, start gearing up your immune system(s). Vitamins are a great start. Also, lots of fresh food (rather than cans/boxes/overly processed-already chewed “food”) I would suggest adding some natural bug killers like vitamin C and garlic to your every day diet. And again, by food and NOT by powdered garlic-tasting granules.
Drink more water. A well hydrated system = a smoothly running one. You want your body to be able to transport anything particularly nasty out, with a quickness.
Sleep. I do not mean grab catnaps. I mean, set a bed time and get thee into your place of rest for 8-10 hours a cycle*. This is when your bod sends out the construction crews for general repair.
If you do catch something — stay the hell home and don’t spread it further. I know that some folks will say, “I have to work and make the dollars” Really? You want to go into work with something that is still considered a pandemic ? Spread the joy? Stay home and get better. More than likely, your boss/co-workers will be happier with you if you do.
I know all this sounds like pretty basic info. It is. However, people tend to have a “never happen to me” attitude. Well, it will. The hospitals are full of people who thought the same thing.
* – you could be diurnal
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Vitamin D is also supposed to be excellent for flu, so I’d add “go outside and get some exercise and enjoy some sunshine – it’ll give you natural vitamin D and help get your body strong.”
…but my body doesn’t *want* 8-10 hour cycles. It wants 4-6, with the occasional 10-12 thrown in there. 😦
I will totally agree with the “cover your damned mouth” bit. I’m not a big germaphone, heck, I waller around in horse poo for fun and profit, but I’m not interested in breathing in someone else’s snot. It’s not hard to cover your mouth when you sneeze/cough/etc.
And I’d also like to add: wash your effing hands from time to time!
The advice I had heard was to cough/sneeze into the inside of your arm / bend of your elbow. Don’t sneeze into your hand, forget, and then go around spreading that to every surface you touch.
I often see people leave a crowded public rest room without washing their hands. I will sometimes try to place a barely audible, "Ew." if I can time it right to see if anyone notices or gets the hint. (They often don’t or ignore it. Or maybe it’s too subtle and people don’t tend to notice overt subtlety.)
Regular, thorough hand washing. I wash my hands seven or eight times a day, at least (every time I go to the bathroom, if I pet a neighbor’s dog, before I start any food prep, etc), and more if I’ve been around a lot of people (one of the first things I do when I come home from a crowded venue is wash my hands so I don’t bring a bunch of stuff home and spread it all over my house).
A lot of people don’t get how effective washing your hands is. If a good scrub with the Doc Bronner’s takes off even three-fourths of the germs on your hands, then you’re greatly improved, y’know?