In recent weeks I have asked many questions about the influenza virus A. Surely the concern is increasing now that the cold comes, which is understandable. In addition, although influenza A has been with us a few years, it still seems that misinformation about it is great.
The idea today is to clarify the maximum possible questions, answering the questions, I have been doing this virus AH1N1 and I have been writing down a list.
However, if you then have left pending any further questions to answer, I can write and try to reply promptly.
What is swine flu?
It is a hybrid flu virus. Does this mean? Which it is the result of a combination MMR, where combined swine flu, bird flu and human flu. This combination is born this mutation called influenza A (H1N1).
Is the swine flu is more dangerous than the common flu?
For your peace of mind, swine flu is no more dangerous or more fatal than a common flu. While it is true that our body is ready to receive human flu, not swine flu, luckily our body has a terrible ability to adapt and in most cases people recover without hospitalization or medical care.
If swine flu is not as dangerous, because there are so many deaths from H1N1 virus?
They have not really been many deaths. In fact they have been very few, compared to deaths from influenza. What happens is that the media has given much impact these deaths caused by H1N1 and not to those caused by common flu.
However, people who have died, were either very old or had any previous pathology which aggravated the situation.
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How swine flu spread?
Contagion is exactly like the flu lifetime. By airway. The only difference is that apparently the flu spreads faster than the virus of influenza.
What are the symptoms of swine flu?
The same as those of seasonal flu. Fever can be high (> 30° C), cough, nasal congestion, runny nose, fatigue, malaise, muscle pain, etc.
If the disease worsens
How to prevent swine flu?
As you know, the seasonal flu is very difficult to prevent and so with the influenza A H1N1. If you are in the risk group (elderly, people with chronic diseases, children, health personnel) vaccinated is a good choice. But if there is no outbreak of flu A, vaccination is not recommended.
My advice is: Avoid crowded places if there is an outbreak of influenza A, aerate your home at least once a day, strengthen your immune system with a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables to prevent vitamin C deficiency; You make a proper hand hygiene especially before and after eating, when you sneeze, you are in public places, etc.