Cold & Flus
What is Swine flu?
Swine flu is a new strain of influenza A of a type known as H1N1 – a type that regularly causes seasonal flu in people. It's called 'swine flu' because the first people who became infected with it were those who worked with pigs. There is concern that this strain could potentially cause pandemic flu.
It spreads by:
'Aerosols'. These are very fine particles sneezed out by an infected person that are small enough to stay in the air long enough to be breathed in by another person.
Larger droplets. These are expelled through coughs and sneezes, landing on surfaces and being breathed in by people nearby.
Indirect contact. Virus particles spread by sneezes, hands or items touched by an infected person can be picked up on the hands of another person, and infect them when they put their hands to their face. Virus particles can survive on surfaces for relatively long periods of time - over 24 hours on hard surfaces.
The symptoms are:
Sudden fever, cough and sore throat
Headache and tiredness.
Chills and aching muscles, limb or joint pain.
Diarrhoea or stomach upset.
Runny nose and sneezing.
Loss of appetite.
HOW TO STOP THE SPREAD OF SWINE FLU
Pay particular attention to places that are frequently touched, liked door handles and taps. Make sure they're regularly cleaned with a bleach-based product like Domestos Bleach Spray.
When you're out and about, in busy spaces, wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water.
Avoid close contact with people who have a fever and cough.
Keep away from crowded, poorly ventilated places if possible.
Treat your hands as potentially contaminated and avoid touching your nose and eyes.
If someone leaves a used tissue lying around, wash your hands after touching it.
Did you know... How to keep germs at bay on the go
Pop a small pack of antibacterial wipes in your bag, and use them to wipe down seats and tables when you’re out and about – in the car, on holiday, in restaurants.