Washing Hands Helps Prevent Contacting H1N1 Virus

By Betsy Thorpe

Proper handwashing helps prevent the spread of the infectious H1N1 virus

First and most important wash your hands. Try to stay in good general health. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food. Try not to touch surfaces that may be contaminated with the flu virus. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.”
Center For Diesease Control
On how to avoid contacting the H1N1 Virus
May 1st, 2009

H1N1 is a new influenza virus that was was first detected in the United States in April 2009. The H1N1 virus was originally referred to as “swine flu” because laboratory testing showed that many of the genes in this new virus are similar to the influenza viruses that normally occur in pigs in North America. Recent studies revealed that this new virus is very different from what normally circulates in North American pigs and there is no evidence that swine in the United States are infected with this disease. The Center For Disease Control determined the new H1N1Virus is contagious and is spreading from person to person through coughing or sneezing by people with the influenza. The symptoms of this H1N1 is similar to the symptoms of regular flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

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