Swine flu awareness is needed, but there is no need to be panicky and join the publicity propaganda carried out by media and others which acts as a vehicle to spread misconception than to spread scientific information.
These are few facts about swine flu when discussed with the leading epidemiologists.
-> Swine flu, that is H1N1 flu is not new, first detected in 1987
-> Infective stage of flue is 5 days, 1 day before and 4 days after onset of symptoms
-> The best way to prevent it spreading is asking patient having symptoms of flu like fever cough and running nose to take rest at home for 4 days so he does not transmit it
-> Masks are of limited value if any, in this disease, it can spread through droplets on your skin, through contact etc,. The masks in Pune are worn as fashion statement. Infact these masks shall act as the vehicles to carry the virus, instead, avoiding crowded places or cinema halls or malls where air conditioners are on, is advisable, because you get re-circulated air, where the virus density multiplies.
-> Death after H1N1 flu is not common, in fact infections like measles is taking toll of thousands more every year, and we are oblivious of the facts. Swine flu is being blown out of proportion by media trying to create hysteria among lay people.
-> Fever accompanied by respiratory distress, should be immediately notified which is likely to be a complication of H1N1 flu
-> The mortality is less than .01 percent of those affected, that means may be one in 10,000 affected is likely to suffer the life loss
-> If you remember, 2 years ago SARS was blown out of proportion, what happened? Humans develop immunity to the virus, the same is going to happen, we develop immunity in due course of time, the virus is in the air, you can not stop it, our body is already developing the immunity so nothing to panic.
We need to take care of children and elderly who have less immunity and do not let them go to crowded places that is all.