Sunday, April 26, 2009

U.S. declares public health emergency.......



U.S. declares public state of emergency.......

As many of you know this new strain of flu seems to be spreading. It was first identified in Mexico, then California, Kansas, Texas, New York, and now Ohio. According to the CDC the flu that is being seen here in the United States seems to be a milder form than that identified in Mexico. Still no one knows the course the disease will take so precautions need to be taken. There are things all of us can do to stay healthy.....
Every day actions include:
Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue into the trash after you use it.
Wash you hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze.
Alcohol-based cleaners are also effective.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread that way.
Try to avoid contact with people who are sick.
Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
If you are sick, the CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
The above information was obtained from the CDC web site at
http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/
Signs and symptoms of the flu include lack of appetite, lethargy, fever, and coughing. Other reported symptoms may include sore throat, runny nose, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.
If you develop these symptoms contact your doctor.
The CDC will continue to monitor this outbreak and provide further recommendations as necessary........
It is very important that all of us do everything we can to stay healthy and help prevent the spread of this disease.

With warmest regards, Carol

9 comments:

Sandy said...

I couldn't believe my ears when I heard that on the news. This is scarey stuff!

Deb said...

thank you for the warning..it is scary

Vee said...

It's good to have a nurse in Blogdom...thanks, Carol!

Shellmo said...

This is so scary! I heard today there are now a few cases in Canada. Good tips that you posted - we all need to be diligent.

Joyce said...

This is very upsetting and I keep checking and it seems it is spreading. I wish they would tell us more specific information.

Madeline's Album said...

This is really scary. When I first heard about it they said Mexico and California. Then they started adding to the list. We need to take precautions that is for sure. Have a good evening

Charli and me said...

At this point there is no need to be upset or panic but we do need to take the precautions listed by the CDC seriously. We need to educate ourselves, and like Shellmo says, be diligent.

Just a little something from Judy said...

Carol, I appreciate your warning and recommendations. I think about all of the dedicated nurses when something like this comes along. We appreciate you and all you do for everyone, especially when helping to inform us on important info.

MyThoughtsMyVoice said...

Excellent reminder. These are simple things and yet very helpful that really should be done but somehow are often neglected.

Good thing you're here to remind everyone. :-)

Li

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