The scare over the swine flu is not that big of a deal anymore (at least from where I am standing) but it is far from over yet. For those who travel a lot, especially, the potential threat of this variant of the flu is still very much real. If you are still on the edge about swine flu, here are some key points which may help ease your mind.
Q: What are the symptoms of swine flu?
A: They are pretty much the same as the “normal” flu: headache, body aches, sore throat, runny nose, cough or respiratory symptoms, diarrhea, and vomiting. The most important symptom is fever (at least 38C or 100F). If you do not have a fever, then you most likely do not have the swine flu. Of course, if you do have a fever, it still does not mean that you have this flu variant. The only way to be sure is go get checked.
Q: Am I at risk of getting the swine flu?
A: Young children, pregnant women, and obese individuals may have a slightly higher risk of acquiring the swine flu. Individuals whose immune system may be weaker than normal (such as those who have another condition) may also be at a higher risk. If you belong to these groups, then yes, you may be at risk of getting the swine flu.
Q: Will a mask keep me safe from swine flu?
A: Not really, and definitely not if you do not practice good hygiene. Experts say that masks, even the high-filtration ones, will have very little benefit. You will be better off washing your hands a lot.