The Irish Evening Echo has reported that the first case of H1N1 Swine Flu has been detected in Portugal. The 30 year old woman who had recently been on holiday in Mexico is now being kept in isolation at her home.
The three most important things that can be done to minimise the spread of the disease are -
Wash Your Hands. Use soap and warm water, rub together vigorously for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Always wash hands before touching/eating food, after using the bathroom, taking out the trash, changing a nappy, handling money or playing with a pet.
Cover Your Cough/Sneeze. Many diseases are spread through droplets from coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue and be sure to throw away immediately and wash hands. No tissue available, sneeze/cough into the crook of your elbow, not your hand.
Avoid Close Contact. If you are sick with flu-like symptoms stay away from others. Do not go to school or work. If you need medical treatment, try to use a mask so you can avoid affecting other people.