Swine Flu: Separating Myths From Facts

Swine Flu: Separating Myths From Facts

Do you use mask to protect yourself from swine flu? You know what? Masks are ineffective. When they become moist after some time, they might attract the swine flu virus. There are several beliefs about swine flu that are false. The facts are completely opposite to the beliefs. What are the beliefs? Read on…

Swine flu is a disease that can spread from one person to another person. The best way to avoid swine flu is to get yourself educated about swine flu.

You know what?

Swine flu has claimed 14,286 lives worldwide.

As on March 2015, in India, there were 31,156 positive cases of swine flu among which there have been 1,841 deaths.

What is swine flu?

Swine flu is a type of influenza virus that was originally found in pigs. This virus can be transferred from pigs to people or from a person to person. Swine flu is also called as H1N1 virus.

People have myths about swine flu that aren’t true. The myths are based on the limited knowledge of swine flu.

What are the top 5 myths of swine flu?

The top 5 myths of swine flu and the facts relating to them are as follows:

  1. Myth: You will get swine flu if you eat pork

Fact: You won’t get swine flu if you heat pork products at 160°F and consume. If you heat the pork at this temperature you won’t get any bacteria or virus including swine flu virus. The name has “swine” in it because it was originally found in pigs. Nowadays, the swine flu is transferred from a person to another person.

  1. Myth: Wearing a mask will protect you from swine flu

Fact: Masks are only good for a short while. If you doubt a person has swine flu, you can wear a mask, but you should dispose the mask immediately after leaving his proximity. If you wear the same mask repeatedly, you might get yourself infected. Moreover, when you wear a mask it will get moist soon; this moisture can attract the virus and make you affected with swine flu virus. Hence masks are ineffective.

  1. Myth: If you get a flu shot each year, you won’t get swine flu

Fact: The regular flu shot was developed to fight regular flu, it was developed much before H1N1 was known, hence a regular flu shot won’t protect you against swine flu.

  1. Myth: You should not go out in public unless swine flu is under control

Fact: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (the CDC) say that you can go out in public. Make sure you stay away from people who are coughing, sneezing or showing symptoms of swine flu. You should wash your hands frequently, and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

  1. Myth: Antibiotics can help

Fact: Antibiotics are used for fighting bacterial infections. Swine flu is caused by virus; hence antibiotics won’t help when you suffer from swine flu. When you have swine flu, consult a doctor immediately and follow the medications.

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