10:37 PM

Swine (H1N1) Flu WHO Update

Posted by Skye |

The CDC has reported the World Health Organization has raised the worldwide pandemic alert to PHASE 6.
On June 11, 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) raised the worldwide pandemic alert level to Phase 6 in response to the ongoing global spread of the novel influenza A (H1N1) virus. A Phase 6 designation indicates that a global pandemic is underway.
What does this mean to my good readers? Absolutely nothing. You can continue to go about your daily activities without fear of Armageddon. Seriously. You have a greater chance of acquiring higher taxes in the coming months than Swine Flu.

Even though WHO raised its alert, this is due to the spread of the worldwide and not the severity of illness caused by the virus. As a reminder to my readers, I am posting simple steps to break the cycle of transmission of this virus. These are activities that you can easily incorporate into your daily routine - with or without a WHO pandemic alert.

Individuals have an important role in protecting themselves and their families.

  • Stay informed. Health officials will provide additional information as it becomes available.
  • Everyone should take these everyday steps to protect your health and lessen the spread of this new virus:
    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
    • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
    • If you are sick with a flu-like illness, stay home for 7 days after your symptoms begin or until you have been symptom-free for 24 hours, whichever is longer. This is to keep from infecting others and spreading the virus further.
    • Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds and other social distancing measures.
Philly readers can find the latest information on Swine Flu (H1N1) at the Pennsylvania Dept of Health. To date, there have been 123 confirmed, 48 probable cases of Swine Flu (H1N1). There has been on confirmed death in Philadelphia.

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