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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
 
  Learn infection control measures. 
  

 

Setting up a Sick Room

Wash hands for 15 seconds with soap and water

infection prevention

Cover a cough or sneeze with tissue

prevent infection

The World Health Organization (WHO) Pandemic Influenza in Pregnant Women, briefing note 5 identifies pregnant women at a higher risk for "severe or fatal illness" if infected with the H1N1 virus.  WHO recommends that any pregnant women who develop symptoms of H1N1 infection should seek medical care immediately.  The briefing, posted July 31, 2009 also lists "danger signs in all patients" that include

  • shortness of breath while exercising or at rest
  • difficulty breathing
  • turning blue
  • bloody or colored sputum
  • chest pain
  • altered mental status
  • high fever that persists past 3 days
  • low blood pressure
You can read the full briefing by clicking on the above link or here
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