Take Precautions To Avoid The Flu Pandemic
Recently, many people are experiencing complaints such as high fever, cough, runny nose, and headache. Due to the cold weather and spending a lot of time in closed areas, the flu pandemic mostly caused by the H3N2 virus is spreading rapidly. This type of flu is actually defined as a familiar disease, but it can increase its effect day by day and needs attention.
As of the season, influenza is common. However, this latest epidemic is mostly caused by the H3N2 virus, not a new type of virus, contrary to fear. Approximately 80 percent of the cases are due to H3N2, and almost all of the remaining is due to the H1N1 virus. This disease is generally severe. It may be necessary to rest for about 1 week. Antibiotic use does not help. One of the most effective ways to prevent the flu pandemic is to be vaccinated. Vaccination can be done until the end of February.
You may be at risk
A doctor should be consulted at the first time when symptoms are encountered. Cardiac and cancer patients, the elderly, pregnant women, those with lung and cardiovascular system diseases, diabetics, chronic kidney failure, healthcare professionals, people over the age of 65, and those with suppressed immune systems are at risk.
Does not pass with antibiotics
Antibiotics do not cure the flu. It is absolutely inconvenient to use it indiscriminately, except for the doctor’s advice. It is very important to pay attention to adequate and balanced nutrition, quality sleep, adequate rest, and hygiene rules in preventing the flu.
To be protected from the disease …
- Frequent washing of hands with soap and water, and if this is not possible, using alcohol-containing hand cleaners helps to protect against many diseases.
- Frequently touched items such as tables, door handles, bathroom surfaces, kitchen countertops, toys should be cleaned with detergents used in daily cleaning.
- In addition to daily used cleaning agents, some chemicals such as chlorine, hydrogen peroxide, iodized antiseptics, and alcohol are also effective for disinfection.
- Items such as bed sheets, linen, towels that belong to the patients should not be used by someone else. These should be washed without touching them, and then hands should be disinfected.
- The plates, forks, and knives belonging to the patient should be washed in the dishwasher or by hand using detergent.
- To prevent contamination, the mouth and nose should be covered with tissue during coughing and sneezing. If there is no handkerchief and mouth-nose is closed by hand, hands should be washed with soap and water.
- People with the flu should avoid close contact with others and should not go to work and school when the disease is contagious. It is important for those suffering from flu to rest at home until 7 days after the onset of symptoms or one day after symptoms have completely disappeared.
- Wearing a mask (surgical mask, standard mask) for those with flu will help prevent transmission to other people. People who are not sick should use a mask when entering patients. Contamination may result from touching the eyes, nose, or mouth after shaking hands with sick persons or after contact with surfaces contaminated with respiratory secretions.
- The location should be ventilated frequently.
- The most effective way to avoid the flu is vaccination.