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A recent survey of American adults found that 76% worried about becoming ill if they had to stay home and take care of the sick during a severe flu pandemic.1
 
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Setting up a Sick Room

Wash hands for 15 seconds with soap and water

infection prevention

Cover a cough or sneeze with tissue

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The White House will hold an H1N1 Flu Preparedness Summit July 9, 2009 "to further prepare this nation for the possibility of a more severe outbreak of H1N1 flu. The goal of the summit includes discussing preparedness priorities. Two priorities that I see include 1: the need for research about what the public does and does not know about basic home care issues.  For example, do people have skills and the resources to take a temperature. How many people have a thermometer, know how to use it and how to interpret the readings?  Do people know how to keep a sick person well hydrated and what signs of dehydration look like? 2: Distribution of existing detailed home care information for the public so that mild influenza illness can be managed at home and people can feel confident that they are contacting a health care provider when they need one. See the press release for more information.
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