Okay, so the threat is there. What can we do now to protect ourselves from swine flu that's taking innocent people's lives day after day in Mexico and is quickly spreading danger in other parts of the world?
Since it is a new strain of virus, it has no existing vaccine yet as of now. BBC reported that the first batch of vaccines could be ready in about four to six months but it will take even longer to produce massive quantities and distribute.
Here's what we can do to prevent swine flu from spreading, according to health authorities:
1. Wash hands regularly and properly with soap and water or use a hand sanitizer/alcohol when water is not available.
2. Cover nose and mouth with tissue when you sneeze or cough. Dispose of the tissue properly and immediately.
3. Avoid close contact with flu-infected people. You'll never know if it's swine flu that's making them sick.
4. Refrain from touching your eyes, mouth and nose to prevent germs from spreading.
5. If you're ill, stay home or seek immediate medical attention to avoid infecting other people and to ensure your full recovery.
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