How to Avoid Swine Flu

From Red Cross Chat

This blog post is a group effort of Red Crossers Robin Parker, Wendy Harman, and Claire Sale:

Here are some important things we bloggers have been doing to stay safe while on the road this week:

  • Washing our hands. This task doesn’t have to be a bore. In fact, humming a complete renditon of “Row Row Row Your Boat” or “Happy Birthay” while washing willl not only entertain your stall mates, but also ensure that you’ve lathered long enough to get rid of most germs.

  • Not Hanging Out With People Who Are Sick. Er, duh? Unless you’re a caregiver, steer clear of sick folks.

  • Learning How to Sneeze. Seriously. Nowadays they teach elementary school kids to sneeze into their elbows, but many adults still use their hands. Think about it. You’re not going to pick up many things with your elbows, right?

  • Putting Masks In Our Kit. We’ve got ‘em at home, but we had to build a road kit this week. It was easy to stop by the local Walgreens and pick up a few of these. They may look silly, but our fashion motto is “safety before style.” Depending on CDC recommendations, we may decide to wear them on the plane.

  • Another good idea: Check your pantry to make sure you’ve got plenty of food and water in case you end up needing to take a few sick days.

  • This is a serious situation that has the potential to spread, and it is a good time for families, businesses and organizations to follow good public health practices and to review and update their preparedness plans.

  • Stocking extra food, water and supplies at home will reduce the need to go out should this swine flu strain become more widespread and schools or businesses temporarily close. The Red Cross recommends storing a two-week supply of food, water and household necessities such as laundry detergent and toilet paper. A gallon of water per person per day should be stored in clean plastic containers. Family preparation steps should also include storing formula for infants, food for special nutritional needs, essential medicines and medical items, and extra food for pets.

  • People seeking information on human swine flu should visit the CDC web site or call 1-800-CDC-INFO


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