The h1n1 virus is known to each one of us as the swine flu, but actually, we don’t know so much about this topic. The virus is a pandemic controversial topic, and even if it is not a danger currently, a new kind of h1n1 could appear anytime. Even if the swine flu was not such a dangerous virus as thought initially, it remains a pandemic problem, and the question that arises is if the virus could return, in the form of h1n1, or in another kind of form.
What is the swine flu?
The swine flu is believed to be a virus created in the laboratory, and it might have the Spanish Flu virus at its origins. The pandemic side of this virus is given by the fact that people didn’t know so much about it at the beginning. Even if some new kinds of h1n1 would appear in the near future, the swine flu can be prevented by each one of us by taking some basic protective measurements.
The H1N1 virus can survive in the environment from a few hours to a few days. It is transmitted on air, by coughing, saliva and sneezing, but also through direct contact with a person that already suffers from h1n1. Cover your nose and mouth whenever you are sneezing, and teach your kids to do the same. Don’t touch the eye or the mouth with your hands unless you have washed your hands previously. The swine flu is transmitted this way, and a strong pandemic virus like this can be transmitted fast.
Avoid crowds and public transportation as much as possible. Sure, you must use those transportation methods, but as it was not recommended to use those transportation methods during the h1n1 period, if a resembling swine flu appears, the measurements are the same. If you have a personal car, it is better to use it at least until the authorities say that the virus was annihilated. A pandemic virus is a disease that creates panic, therefore, by avoiding crowds, you will also avoid the possibility of a panicked crowd. During the h1n1 period, many people were threatened by others in public. In fact, such behavior of people, and the panic created by the swine flu virus gives the pandemic side of the disease.
Just like in the case of h1n1, in the eventuality of a new swine flu, the first protective measurements you should take are to isolate the respective person, and to make sure the virus can’t be transmitted to other persons in the house. Moreover, the doctor must be called. Be patient, as the doctor might need a few hours to reach your house. During those pandemic periods, many people ask for the help of a doctor.
The h1n1 virus was a serious problem for some, and the first recommendation by the authorities was for those people to wash their hands properly. The swine flu, just like any other virus of this kind that might appear in the near future might be prevented this way. Let’s see the most effective solutions to treat the pandemic diseases.
The gels and solutions based on hydro-alcoholic substances are great if you can’t wash your hands. The h1n1 virus is transmitted through direct contact, so if you can’t wash your hands while traveling or working, at least clean the hands using those solutions and some napkins
It is important to rub the hands until the liquid is evaporated from the napkin. This way, you know that any germs of the swine flu are eliminated, and the possibility to catch a virus with a pandemic characteristic is greatly decreased.
Washing the hands as a protective measure against h1n1 must be done several times a day, and especially after contacts with people that present symptoms of the swine flu virus. The masks are also great. Use the mask whenever you get out of house, or when you make contact with a diseased person. Throw away the mask after using, and don’t switch sides for any reason.
Are those methods effective in the case of pandemic viruses?
The methods presented here are generally accepted as methods of prevention in any kind of flu, and h1n1 known as the swine flu can also be prevented this way. In the case of another kind of virus, we can’t know the special prevention methods that can be taken, but those are the generally accepted protective methods in the case of pandemic viruses.