Well.. its been a month since i wrote last on the great dancer of Micheal Jackson. owwww....
Even though i make my mind to write soon , i cant write because i cant just write on any other topic just like that. the topics should be intelligent and should make sense...
From quite about 4 months now, we have been hearing about a flu which has created a chaos and furor in the world . almost every country has been infected with it , it seems.
its a virus...its a flu... yesss its swine flu..
Yes! iam talking about this damn flu called the swine flu... we in India dont like pigs or swines and kick them ..... now it seems the flu in the name of the swine is set to kick us off somewhere.
We have been hearing it from every possible media we have at hand . they have been reporting it, warning about it and writing about and even talking about it ...but very few of them report that there is nothing to be in chaos or nothing to worry , except to be careful and to be hygenic in our everyday life... let us first see what is this SWINE FLU....
1- what is swine flu:
It is thought to be a mutation of four known strains of the influenza A virus, subtype H1N1: one endemic in (normally infecting) humans, one endemic in birds, and two endemic in pigs (swine). Experts assume the virus "most likely" emerged from pigs in Asia, and was carried to North America by infected persons. Transmission of the new strain is human-to-human, with cooked pork products safe to eat as the virus cannot be transmitted by eating foods.
thank god, we can eat anywhere and anything . but dont eat pork....hehehehe... so dont keep pigs as pets even if they are white and clean like those in foreign countries. or they will give you this gift.
2- from where did this begin:
The outbreak began in mexico with evidence that Mexico was already in the midst of an epidemic for months before the outbreak was recognized. Soon after, its government closed down most of Mexico city's public and private offices and facilities to help contain the spread. In early June, as the virus spread globally, the world health organization declared the outbreak to be a pandemic, but also noted that most illnesses were of "moderate severity." The virus has since spread to the Southern Hemisphere which entered its winter flu season, and to many less developed countries with limited healthcare systems.
so mexico is the place from where this villian has emerged. hmmmm... cant they keep it to themselves? just kidding... we all know that the world is now a global place and any person can go anywhere in any country with matter of few hours...
its like iski topi iske sir [ his hat on others head]
3- how does it spread:
The virus typically spreads from coughs and sneezes or by touching contaminated surfaces and then touching the nose or mouth. Symptoms, which can last up to a week, are similar to those of seasonal flu, and may include fever, sneezes, sore throat, coughs, headache, and muscle or joint pains. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that most cases worldwide have been mild so far and most hospitalizations and deaths have been of persons that also had underlying conditions such as asthma, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, or a weakened immune system. As the virus spreads easily between people, through the air or surface contact, those who get the flu are recommended to stay home from school or work and avoid crowds to avoid spreading the infection further.
hooooo... so even if someone around you sneezes for few times and coughs a bit... STAY AWAY FROM HIM/HER. hahaa kidding again. but now the situation has come literally to a point where if a person nearby you sneezes or coughs a few times, you or people around you start seeing him/her in suspected manner like a terrorist...BUT also note that inspite of thousands of cases now, there are only few deaths so dont panic , just be alert...
4 -How soon can one get infected:
infected people may be able to infect others beginning one day before symptoms develop and up to seven or more days after becoming sick.
and now after all these discussion on what's of swine flu, lets read something on how's to avoid it.
5- how to get protected:
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after use .
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol based hand cleaners are also good.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Try to avoid close contact with people having respiratory illness.
- If one gets sick with influenza, one must stay at home, away from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them. However, if one is having any respiratory distress, one should report to a nearby hospital.
- have good sleep, be physically active, drink plenty of water
6- Any medicines for this:
well its both yes and no. as per the good website of rediffmail.com, they say that Oseltamivir is the recommended anti viral drug for the treatment and/or prevention of infection with the influenza A H1N1. If you get sick, antiviral drugs can make your illness milder and make you feel better faster.
- Fast breathing or trouble breathing
- Bluish skin color
- Not drinking enough fluids/eating food
- Not waking up or not interacting
- Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
- Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
- Fever with a rash
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
- Sudden dizziness
- Severe or persistent vomiting
now lets go to the usual do and do nots once again for a revision
* Avoid crowded places
* Stay more than an arm's length from persons afflicted with flu
* Get plenty of sleep
* Drink plenty of water and eat nutritious food
* Shake hands or hug in greeting
* Spit in public
* Take medicines without consulting a physician
so when somone stretches his or her hand to shake hands with you .. say NAMASTE , the ancient traditional method of saying hi man. hehahahaha. and for time being dont be munnabhai by hugging each and everyone you meet, your girlfreinds can wait some other time for you to hug them.
now i remember a story once again here. kya kare , story telling has been with me from some time now...
a saint was residing in a district. he could see that a plague was going to enter the district. he went up to him and asked him to return back, but the plauge said that it has to do its work by taking few lives and promised the saint that it would take only 50 lives and not more as the those person had their time line finished and it was their karma to die that way.....
the saint agreed and went away to other place...
after a short time when he came back, he could see that instead of 50 people, 500 people had died. he immidiately contacted the plague and asked him why did he broke his promise. the plague said that he had taken only 50 lives instead of 500 as talked before , the difference came because the remaining 450 people died in fear of the plague..
so coming back to the real story, i was intending to tell that we should remain alert and careful but not afraid of like the people in the story. because the more you think of any problem the more it attracts to you. so be easy, remain calm. just take care of your little kids...
like i said before, inspite of having thousands infected cases in india and other countries, there are only very few deaths.... ratio is very small. SO DON'T PANIC.
and last thing which i have found it to be very efficient in any circumstances is to happy and
gay [not the other one , hahaha, but gay as in ,'to laugh'] keep on laughing, watch more comedy shows , be cheerful... and meditate. by meditating , nothing of this sort will come to you,leave alone see you also..
and take those masks .. it might help you someplace , somewhere , anytime.
bye friends... will meet you soon.
achoo...... excuse me.