If you haven’t heard yet, on April 29th, the level of influenza pandemic alert raised from phase 4 to phase 5 due to the spread of the swine influenza A (H1N1). It started in Mexico and has moved to the US and 14 other countries. On Friday, Wor-Wic Community College posted an alert on their website – there are 4 confirmed cases in Delaware which is one of the reasons for concern along with the duties of government organizations when the pandemic alert level is raised to phase 5.
Here are some good places to visit for up-to-date information:
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Wicomico Health (local information)
Some of the best recommendations I have read to prevent infection:
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Or use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
- Avoid touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.
Any flu is never something to take lightly. The young, the elderly, and those with decreased immune systems are most at risk when it comes to the deadliness of the flu, but anyone can get it and get very sick. Airborne diseases can be contained easily with just staying home from work or school when you are sick and not passing it on to others and also staying away from those that are sick. Be preventative and prepared.