Though Swine flus impact on India is rated as low, still things can go downhill thanks to a dense population a bad public health system, fear and especially ignorance. I see people wearing all sorts of masks and hankys covering their mouths, thanks to the fear spread by the media. There are people selling masks on the streets.
So people, be aware and be precautions, dont hoard tamiflu or nilgiri oil … try to be a bit more fit and build up ur immunity instead.
The Mayo Clinic has suggested personal measures to avoid seasonal flu infection which should be applicable to the 2009 pandemic: vaccination when available, thorough and frequent hand-washing, a balanced diet with fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein, sufficient sleep, regular exercise, and avoiding crowds.
The UK Health Protection Agency considers facial masks unnecessary for the general public and some experts feel it may lead to a false sense of security. In India especially with the humid conditions, unbranded masks can do more damage to ur immune system and normal respiration.
3M manufactured N95 masks are recommended only in case you have to be in close contact with a patient ie 1 meter or less by the World Health Organization and 6 feet or less by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administratio
Who are the target group ?
People at higher risk of serious complications included people age 65 years and older, children younger than 5 years old, pregnant women, and people of any age with underlying medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, or a weakened immune system (e.g., taking immunosuppressive medications or infected with HIV). According to the CDC, more than 70% of hospitalizations in the U.S. have been people with such underlying conditions.
Symtoms are similar to flu symtoms, therefore ones recent history is very important .
The signs of infection with swine flu are similar to other forms of influenza, and include a fever, coughing, headaches, pain in the muscles or joints, sore throat, chills, fatigue and runny nose. Diarrhea, vomiting and neurological problems have also been reported in some cases
A study concluded on May 5, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that 94% of confirmed patients had fever and 92% had cough
Finally in case you suspect flu or viral flu or swine flue Mahendra has posted all the necessary info.
Lots of info picked up from the swine flu wiki