Swine Flu Don’ts: Swine Flu Parties, Prevention Mistakes, and More


Swine flu (H1N1) has been in the news since it first appeared this spring, and while there have been deaths and hospitalizations in countries worldwide, most cases have been relatively mild. And now, there is an influenza and are caring for someone who has a flu-like illness, or for high-risk people who can’t avoid being in a crowded setting where the swine flu virus is present.

But the CDC does recommend that sick people wear a face mask to avoid spreading their illness if they must be in close contact with other people. However, don’t rely on a face mask as your only protection — you still need to take other swine flu prevention steps:

  • coughing or high fever for more than three days is another danger sign, according to the WHO.

10. If you’re a parent, don’t forget to teach your kids swine flu prevention.

Children need to do the same things as adults — stay home when sick, avoid sick people, cough and sneeze into a tissue, and wash their hands.

The CDC recommends teaching kids to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice while washing their hands with soap and water, so that they wash their hands for 20 seconds. Another CDC suggestion: Tell kids to stay at least 6 feet away from people who are sick.

Those pointers also work for grown-ups.