Continuing our discussion about the swine flu, I just want to make sure that you know what your options are, in the event that, despite taking all of the necessary precautions (which we’ve been discussing for the past few weeks in this blog), you contract a case of the swine flu.
While some experts insist that immediate hospitalization is required at even the slightest hint of H1N1, other professionals believe that your best bet is to stay home and lay low. You should do whatever you feel most comfortable with. But here are some pros and cons to help you make a more educated decision.
If You do decide to stay home, the good news is:
- If you are infected, the chances of spreading the virus are much less if you don’t leave your home.
- There are doctors to call, such as the CDC H1N1 hotline, Call 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. (For TTY, call 1-888-232-6348) where you can seek medical advice without having to leave your house.
- There is the chance that, if you go to the hospital, you may not even be immediately tested for swine flu, anyway, due to limited lab space.
However, you should also be aware that, without professional medical attention:
- You could misdiagnose yourself, and your symptoms could become more severe.
- You obviously do not have access to the H1N1 vaccine, in your own home. And experts agree that, to be effective, the vaccine must be administered within 36 hours of H1N1 onset.
- Your symptoms might suddenly make a turn for the worse, and, by then, it could be too late to stop the infection in its tracks.
Just remember that either way, until you are completely certain of whether you have swine flu or not, play it side.
- Continue coughing into a tissue (or your sleeve, if Kleenex is not readily available).
- Religiously wash your hands with soap and hot water.
- Use hand sanitizer if you do not have access to a sink.
- Carefully wipe down surfaces that are used by multiple people, (like countertops and microwave ovens, both of which get a lot of action down at the fire station).
Of course, as with any virus, the swine flu will continue to mutate, and, in fact, may never go away completely. That’s why it is important to remember to take safety precautions. Prevention is always the best medicine.
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