Facts About A(H1N1) Virus

Classes in some schools started last Monday and before the students proceed to their designated rooms, they were taught on how to wash their hands properly. This is a joint campaign of the Department Of Health and Department Of Education to prevent the spread of A(H1N1) Virus or swine flu. The World Health Organization says the number of swine flu cases worldwide has reached 19,273. As of today, there are 33 confirmed cases of infected with the said virus in the Philippines, most of them came from USA including an Asian Development Bank executive and two Japanese students from Dela Salle University.

Teaching the children of washing their hands properly is not enough. They should be aware of what this swine flu is. The more we understand this virus, the more we can prevent its spread. Here are some facts about the A(H1N1) Virus. 

Swine flu is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by the type A influenza viruses. People do not normally get swine flu but human infections can and do happen. Cases of swine flu have most commonly occurred in people who have direct contact with infected swine and by person to person contact such as coughing or sneezing of infected person, also by touching your nose or mouth after touching something with the virus on it. The signs and symptoms are similar to the regular human influenza or flu like fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, chill and fatigue. People who are tested positive for the A(H1N1) virus are contagious as long as they have the symptoms of the illness. This is usually for a minimum of seven days following the onset of these symptoms.

To keep from getting the virus, avoid contact with people who maybe sick, get plenty of sleep, be physically active, drink lots of fluids, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, and wash your hands often. Avoid crowded places or if you can’t, wear mask.

If you are the one infected, cover your mouth with tissue when you cough or sneeze. Dispose the tissue properly after using it. Wash your hands with soap and water after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleansers are also effective. The virus can be treated and susceptible to antiviral medications that are available. The Department Of Health recommends ten days quarantine to keep from infecting others.


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  1. super thanks for this info its really very informative ^_^

  2. Kahit dito sa amin ay kumakalat na H1N1 at wala ka ng halos mabibilhan ng masks dito!!A gargle is also advisable after you go outside.

  3. Hello Ross. This is really a very good topic but according to doctors here in the US wearing mask is not necessary in order to prevent the spread of this virus. I heard on the radio twice that the best thing people can do is to always wash their hands and avoid touching their mouth and nose. But I guess, being too cautious is not bad at all especially when our life is at stake. Thank you so much for everything Ross. You've one of the few people that really supported my blog. I hope one day we will meet in person. Take care and keep up the good work.

  4. very informative post, rossel. swine flu here in Australia is rapidly increasing. as of today we have over 1,000 confirmed cases. takot na akong lumabas sa bahay at mag punta kahit saan na may maraming mga tao or even taking a public transport to the city..hehehe.. it's a good idea we take extra precautions to avoid the virus.

    have a good week…

  5. hi. thanks for sharing this. very informative.

  6. your not safe anywhere these days are you 🙁

  7. MsCandyBlush says:

    I dont like the rain, but I am thankful right now that it is raining as it prevents the spread of that virus. Sana mging okay na ang lahat, ang hrap kasi tlg ng gn2 na hnd safe.. alamo un? T__T

  8. Yeah, this is something all of us should keep an eye on. It's good that you posted this.

  9. sari sari na ang sakit na dumadapo sa tao, dati kase SARS, meron din KAWASAKI SYNDROME ba yon? galing ata sa japan yon..ewan sobra na nga ata ang kasalanan ng tao kaya ganyan..kakatakot lalo na ngayong pasukan, isipin mo na lang na pati la salle ay nadapuan dahil sa estudyante na galing ibang bansa..ang hirap naman nyan…

  10. Nakakatakot pa rin minsan diba? di mo alam kung may makasalamuha ka na may swine flu at madali talaga makahawa. Sana lang maagapan talaga ang swine flu sa lahat ng bansa at di na kumalat pa.

  11. Very good information Ross, dapat naman talaga mag wash nang hands kahit saan. I don't advice too much use of alcohol base sanitizer may effect din kasi yan sa body natin. About sa mga garage sale dito sa US naku dito mo maranasan kung gaano pala ka spender mga tao dito. Kung makita mo mga bahay dito merong garage, oftentimes ang laman niyan puro mga junk hehe, yung car andoon sa labas eh kasi puno sa mga junk stuff.
    SAbi ko nga sa hubby ko, dito lang ako nakakita nang mga bahay ka dami daming mga stuff. Dyan kasi basing sa experience ko wala talagang junk lahat gamit hehe.

  12. is there any case of swine flu in the Philippines yet?

  13. that's good that they were being taught to do the necessary precautions in avoiding the swine flu..

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