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Swine flu: Symptoms, tips to avoid H1N1 virus

Published on 7 Feb. 2015 1:08 AM IST
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Even as the deadly swine flu has returned to haunt us, deaths have been reported from across the country, including Delhi-NCR. There is also an increase in new cases from across the country.
Swine influenza, also called pig influenza, swine flu, hog flu, pig flu or H1N1 virus, is an infection caused by any one of several types of swine influenza viruses. It is highly contagious, spreading quickly from person to person. Swine flu made headlines in 2009 when it was declared a pandemic.
Symptoms include- fever, chills, coughing, sore throat, muscle pains and severe headache. Below are a few tips to steer clear of swine flu, apart from vaccination:
Wash hands: Wash your hands often in hot soapy water. Also avoid touching your nose, eyes and mouth.
Avoid contact: Stay home if you are sick. And if you have to be around someone who is sick, avoid physical contact and try to stay a few feet away from them. Because the virus can spread when particles are dispersed into the air through a cough or sneeze. Therefore, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
Sleep: Get enough sleep of 8 hours every night to keep your immune system strong and ready to fight infection.
Drink water: Keep your body hydrated by drinking water of about 8-10 glasses daily. This will help flush toxins from your system while maintaining good moisture and mucous production in your sinuses.
Eat immune-boosting foods: Eat whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables and other vitamin-rich foods to keep your body strong and nourished. Avoid fatty foods as these can slow your metabolism and weaken your immune system.

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