This is my 50th Post, hence the number before the Title. I thought I’d make it personal with a nostalgic post about how I started the blog, how I’ve tried to keep updating regularly and blah blah blah… who cares! Lets do something else !
With the city being the one with the most confirmed Swine Flu cases in the country, and the unfortunate death of a little girl from the virus, there seem to be no initiative taken yet by the Civic Authorities in regard to the education of the masses and prevention of further spread. Apart from the usual “CAUTION” and “IMPORTANT” Emails from the Management, I personally don’t know much about the flu. Got an SMS from home to cover my mouth and wash my hands regularly, not sure if that’s going to help.
So, I referred to the most extensive, inexpensive and frighteningly prompt and accurate source of all the world’s information, GOOGLE. It seems that there is a mixed feeling as to how the Virus has been projected by the media and how some people think others are over-reacting while others are under-reacting (If there is ever such a thing).
But gossips and rumors apart, here are some of the information I found out:
Like seasonal flu, symptoms of swine flu infections can include:
- fever, which is usually high, but unlike seasonal flu, is sometimes absent
- runny nose or stuffy nose
- sore throat
- body aches
- fatigue or tiredness, which can be extreme
- diarrhea and vomiting, sometimes, but more commonly seen than with seasonal flu
More serious symptoms that would indicate that a child with swine flu would need urgent medical attention include:
- Fast breathing or trouble breathing
- Bluish or gray skin color
- Not drinking enough fluids
- Severe or persistent vomiting
- Not waking up or not interacting
- Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
- Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
- pregnant women
- people with chronic medical problems, such as chronic lung disease, like asthma, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and immunosuppression
- children and adults with obesity
Need – to – know:
- Swine flu likely spreads by direct contact with respiratory secretions of someone that is sick with swine flu, like if they were coughing and sneezing close to you.
- People with swine flu are likely contagious for one day before and up to seven days after they began to get sick with swine flu symptoms.
- Droplets from a cough or sneeze can also contaminate surfaces, such as a doorknob, drinking glass, or kitchen counter, although these germs likely don’t survive for more than a few hours.
- Anti-flu medications, including Tamiflu (oseltamivir) and Relenza (zanamivir), are available to prevent and treat swine flu.
Having done all that, I felt I have gained at least some knowledge about the virus and the ways and means of preventing it. Sometimes, in our big, huge country, our attention hungry-media (No offense to anyone tho’) tend to overexagerrate small issues, making mountains out of molehills, or anthills for that matter. They don’t mind drawing emotions from the masses by witholding the truth and telling half-lies for dramatic effect so they may gain more viewership, etc etc.
Sometimes, we have to stop staring at the TV/Newspapers and find out for ourselves what the REAL deal is. We just can’t believe whatever we hear or see while we sit idly in our living rooms. I guess we need to start searching for answers ourselves so that we may find what we believe, and not the other way round.
And with that thought in mind, I got back to my cooking of fresh and delicious Pork from Shivaji Market, boiled with a paste of ginger and garlic, salt to taste and a large cut-up piece of cabbage. I thank my stars Swine Flu don’t spread by consuming swine.