how to protect ourselves from the A/H1N1 virus
Beyond our eastern border, the dangerous A/H1N1 virus, also known as the swine flu virus, is spreading. Unfortunately, a case of infection has been also reported in Poland. It is, therefore, good to know what we can do to protect ourselves from becoming infected.
Swine influenza is caused by the A/H1N1 virus, which spreads from person to person exceptionally fast. An infection may occur as a result of inhaling airborne viruses, or by contact with contaminated surfaces. When an infected person coughs or sneezes, microscopic droplets containing the virus spread in the air, and land on nearby surfaces. Because the virus cannot be seen, it is difficult to successfully avoid it. The risk of becoming infected by the swine flu virus can be, however, greatly reduced by following these few simple steps:
- Protect yourself and others from contact with the A/H1N1 virus
- Often wash your hands with soap and water.
- Regularly disinfect your hands with disinfecting hand gel, especially when away from home and upon returning home.
- Try not to unnecessarily touch your eyes, nose and mouth.
- When you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth with a disposable tissue.
- Throw away tissues after one use.
- When caring for sick persons, wear a protective face mask, and avoid touching nearby objects.
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