What you need to know about swine flu

Swine flu (a combination of swine, avian and human influenza) has the potential of being the first flu pandemic in more than 40 years.  And not an Inside-Out Pandemic.

There are a lot of assumptions and misinformation that go along with the panic of possible pandemic.

One of the most interesting things is the conflicting information that governments have been releasing.  

Mexico has been handing out regular sorts of masks, whereas the CDC in the US has said that only professional-quality masks are of any real value.  Egypt started killing their pigs; France thinks this is ridiculous, as nothing has proven that pig-to-human transmission is a huge problem with this virus. 

Here are things to be aware of:

1)  You can’t get it from eating pork.

2)  Flu viruses can live on surfaces for several hours.  Touching a contaminated surface, then your eyes or nose can potentially infect you.

There are good reasons for the general advice that medical professionals give regarding hand washing and avoiding germs.  It won’t necessary prevent you from getting sick, but it will reduce your risk.

CDC Swine Flu Information


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