Since the time I posted about Swine Flu this morning, World Health Organization has increased the alert level to Phase 5 – the second highest. Dr Margaret Chan, WHO’s Director-General, stated that “all countries should immediately activate their pandemic preparedness plans.” This pandemic has gotten the attention of the biggest health organization in the world and has the world on notice about this influenza. But, again, this doesn’t mean run to the nearest emergency room when you sneeze; after all, it is an allergy season (as is in my husband’s case). Just be vigilant about washing your hands frequently and protecting yourself against anyone who might be sick. But then, that’s true for any infectious disease, such as common cold, isn’t it?
Five Swine Flu* DON’Ts
1. Rush to the ER
2. Don’t be afraid to eat pork
3. Don’t hoard antivirals
4. Don’t leave home if feels sick
5. Don’t Panic
*Swine Flu is now officially called “2009 H1N1 Flu”