The H1N1 virus, also known as swine or pig flu, is a deadly and highly contagious infection which first appeared in 2009 from North Europe. The most common symptoms are similiar to an ordinary flu: fever (sometimes higher than 38.5°C), coughing, sore throat, chills, muscle pains, headache and fatigue. The virus was first contracted by humans coming into direct contact with pigs, hence the name.
Unfortunately, a lot of people across the world have recently caught the virus this February, according to some doctors. The usual symptoms of fatigue and exhaustion have been remedied with doses of antibiotics.
Is it possible to prevent swine flu? The first way to prevent it would be to get vaccinated against it. But here are five other important precautions you can also take:
1. Pay attention to your daily diet: eat immunity-boosting foods, like fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and vitamin-rich foods. Fatty foods are strongly advised against because they pose a danger to your metabolism and immune system.
2. Drink 8-10 glasses of water daily. This will help you stay hydrated.
3. Wash your hands using hot, soapy water. Avoid touching your mouth, eyes and nose with dirty hands.
4. Try to avoid contact with infected people and stay at home if you become sick yourself.
5. Try to sleep at least eight hours every night.