You can’t turn around the past few days without bumping into another story about the swine flu. While no cases have been reported in Michigan, it’s still a smart idea to be prepared and know what to look for. (Better safe than sorry — it’s a cliché for a reason!)
Here are some basic prevention tips to use:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective when soap and water aren’t available.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way. Try to avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Influenza (flu) is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing.
- If you get sick, stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
Still hungry for more information on the swine flu? We’ve got it! Go here to read more about symptoms, and how to prepare for a potential outbreak.
(Looking for a handy kit that has all the essentials? We’ve got ’em!)