1. Pay attention to media information quoting authoritative sources e.g. Ministries of Health, PAHO/WHO, CAREC,
CDC, Health Canada, UK Health Promotion Agency, etc.
Stay at home if you have Common Cold symptoms – fever, runny nose, sneeze, cough and throat ache – you will be
better in 2 to 3 days. Common Cold is not the Swine Flu.
Swine Flu symptoms are the same as Seasonal Flu e.g. “De Whale”.  Symptoms include fever, cough, sneeze, aches and
pains, and in severe cases, breathing difficulty, weakness, and lethargy.
Seek medical attention for breathing difficulty, weakness and lethargy.  Otherwise stay at home and contact your
personal doctor or the community health center for advice.  
Practice proper hygiene measures such as
a. Always covering of the nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing.
b. Cover with absorbent tissue or hands then discard the tissue in a covered trash receptacle and wash hands and face with soap
and water.
c. Keep the fingernails short.
Put in place healthy lifestyle measures to promote a healthy mind and body
a. Attend to your spiritual health (prayer, worship, fellowship, meditation).
b. Maintain a positive mental attitude – Everyone will not die of Swine Flu, everyone will not get sick, many affected persons
have already recovered.
c. Maintain good nutrition and hydration with local produce and fluids.  Do not skip meals and do not overeat.
d. Get adequate exercise (walking three times per week); sleep (adults 6 to 8 hours, teens 8 hours, young children 10 to 12
e. Avoid excess alcohol and caffeine.
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