Am I a Swine Flu Victim?

swine-fluThese past few weeks, I’ve been suffering from different kinds of illnesses such as flu, fever, sore throat and coughs. Actually, I might as well include headache on the list. I recall one time when I was in the office, in front of my computer, while I nibbled on my tasks, I suddenly started to feel weird and awkward, my body got a little chilly and my head became heavy and clouded. Then after an hour my body just decided to stop working – I mean office work, not body functions, in case you got confused. My mind kept telling me, “Go work your ass out and perform well.” Then my body answered back with a sad look on his pretty face, “I can’t. I just can’t. I want my bed.” Then I packed my things and went straight home.

When I heard about the Swine influenza outbreak from my father a couple of weeks ago, I got a little scared, but honestly, I wasn’t really thinking of the worst thing that can happen. Well the worst thing you can think of about this disease or virus is the idea that you have been infected by it, nothing else. I am confident that I am Swine-Flu-Free though because first and foremost, I have not had any physical contact with a pig/hog/living pork. I was about to complete my list-of-reasons-why-I-am-swine-flu-free until I saw this piece of text from Wikipedia: Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

Now I’m scared. If my illness-galore continues to wreak havoc after a week, I will definitely go to the doctor and have myself checked. Or should I go now?

Before worrying about my own welfare, I would like to share a few tips on how to prevent the transmission of Swine virus to humans. There are three things that you have to remember: Be sure to wear a face mask when handling or treating infected animals. The second one is by getting yourself vaccinated. The last and the most important thing to remember is to simply wash your hands with soap and water or perhaps sanitize it with an alcohol or hand-sanitizer after being exposed outside of your homes (public places or transportations). If these are not enough, you may also want to use the SDM or the Social Distancing Method. This means keeping yourself from being exposed to lots of people or simply put, staying at home as much as possible.

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