October 26, 2009

H1N1 Home Prevention Tips: Unique and Interesting

Swine Flu Home Remedy
Dr. Vinay Goyal is a renowned doctor who visited last week to lecture on the
topic H1N1 (SWINE FLU), its origin and precautions.
To summarize, Dr. Goyal reported that virus H1N1, like other Influenza A
viruses, only infects the upper respiratory tract and proliferates only there. The
only portals of entry are the nostrils and mouth/ throat. In a global epidemic of this
nature, it's almost impossible not coming into contact with H1N1 in spite of all precautions.
Contact with H1N1 is not so much of a problem as proliferation is.
Will a face mask protect? What most N95 respirators are designed to filter is
about 95% particulates of 0.3, while the size of H1N1 virus is about 0.1. Hence,
dependence on N95 to protect against H1N1 is like protecting against rain with an
umbrella made of mosquito net.
Tamiflu drug does not kill the virus, but it prevents H1N1 from further proliferation
till the virus limits itself in about 1-2 weeks during the virus’ natural cycle.
While you are still healthy and not showing any symptoms of H1N1 infection,
in order to prevent proliferation, aggravation of symptoms and development of
secondary infections, some very simple steps not fully highlighted in most official
communications - can be practiced:
1. Frequent hand-washing.
2. "Hands-off-the-face" approach except to eat, bathe, etc.
3. Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine if you don't trust
salt). H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat/ nasal cavity to proliferate
and show characteristic symptoms. Simple gargling prevents proliferation.
In a way, gargling with salt water has the same effect on a healthy individual that
Tamiflu has on an infected person. Don't underestimate this simple, inexpensive
and powerful preventative method.
4. Clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt water, swabbing
both nostrils with cotton buds dipped in warm salt water is very effective in bringingdown viral population. BLOW YOUR NOSE HARD SEVERAL TIMES A DAY.
5. Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C, or
Vitamin C tablets that contain Zinc to boost absorption.
6. Drink as much of warm liquids as you can. Drinking warm liquids has the
same effect as gargling, but in the reverse direction. They wash off proliferating
viruses from the throat into the stomach where they cannot survive.

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