What is H1N1? H1N1 once referred to as “Swine flu,” is a new influenza virus first detected in people in the U.S. or Mexico in April 2009. It is now spreading person-to-person worldwide, in much the same way that regular seasonal influenza spreads.
Many people have at least partial immunity to seasonal flu viruses through previous infections or vaccinations but viruses genetically change over time. But the new H1N1 virus is not the usual virus of H1N1. It come to humans from a different evolutionary line. That means very few people have any natural immunity to the new H1n1.
HOW DO YOU KNOW IT IS COLD OR FLU? Doctors recommend taking your temperature as a first step. Symptoms such as nasal congestion, cough, aches and malaise are a part of colds, seasonal flu and H1N1 flu. But a common cold rarely has symptoms of fever above 101F. The severity of H1N1 cases in the current outbreak has varied widely from mild cases to fatalities. The vast majority of cases have been mild. But many of the complicated cases have appeared in young people aged 5 to 24. Women and particularly pregnant women have also been vulnerable to swine flu.
This may help: Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Avoid close contact with people who have flu-like symptoms. Avoid touching your mouth, nose or eyes. If you have flu-like symptoms stay home until you have been symptom-free and take fresh air breath. Breastfeeding mothers with flu symptoms should feed their child by other means. Take lot of orange/lemon juice or vitamin C. Avoid exercise during flu symptoms. Take tea without sugar and milk. Brush teeth three times daily and rinse your mouth by antiseptic gargles.
What is pandemic influenza A (H1N1)?
Pandemic influenza H1N1 is new flu strain first detected in April 2009. Because it is a new strain most people have no immunity to it and it can spread quickly. Most people are therefore at risk of becoming infected with the pandemic H1N1 flu virus. Like seasonal flu, this flu virus affects the airways. It can cause fever, headache, muscle aches and pains, fatigue, and cough and sometimes nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, trouble breathing, weakness and other serious problems. The conditions can last up to five to ten days, but the cough and fatigue can in some people take weeks to fully go away.
Who is at risk for complications from the H1N1 flu virus?
Pregnant women, persons with heart or lung disease including asthma, kidney disease, blood disorders such as anemia, severe obesity, long term aspirin therapy in children less than 18 years of age, the persons with the conditions of choking, diabetes, cancer, HIV/AIDS, transplant recipients.
Persons 65 and older are at less risk of becoming infected with the pandemic flu virus than people in other age groups.
This may help: Take vitamin C 250mg 4 times daily, have tea/herbal tea without milk and sugar more than 4 times.
H1N1 flu virus is a respiratory illness that causes fever, chills, cough, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, and possible nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea – just like seasonal flu (influenza). There are some simple and natural ways that may help to protect against catching the flu.
Good hygiene always help to prevent or help to get things worse. Washing hands can make big impact. Brush your teeth, rinse and gargle your mouth with anti-septic. Try not sneeze or spread germs in public places. Do not share objects with others. Having all the nutrients your body needs can make all the difference. Researchers believe that vitamin C helps in flu and improve immune system. Try to take vitamin C from natural sources. Drink black/green or herbal tea without milk and sugar. Drink pure fruit and vegetable juices without sugar. Drink crystal clear fresh water. Carrho/Joshando/ herbal tea may help recover quickly. Do not exercise during flu conditions, taking rest or sleep may help to fight flu in a better way. If you are very sick and got complications then please seek medical attention.
Catching a flu can make it harder to manage daily life, so you should do everything you can avoid cold or flu. When you are sick with a flu, your body sends out hormones to fight the infection. Having flu may curb your appetite, but it is important to eat something anyway. If you have a fever, vomiting, or diarrhea, you will have to be careful not to allow your body to become dehydrated. Try to average about 1 cup of fluid every hour. If you are diabetic then choose water or sugar-free liquids. There is no medicine that will prevent or cure the common cold or flu, but there are medicines that can relieve some of the symptoms. These tips may help in flu: Take vitamin C espacially from natural source like lemon juice, orange juice, pomegranate juice, etc. Drink Black tea/Green tea/herbal tea without sugar and milk. Brsh and floss your teeth twice a day. If you smoke, quit. Take care of your general health.