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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) in collaboration with other international organizations issued a document about managing the H1N1 pandemic worldwide.  Major points include:

  • A review of key principles affecting the H1N1 experience as it spreads around the world
  • Measures that can be taken now to reduce the impact of the pandemic

Although a majority of the H1N1 cases experience  "mild symptoms" and "recover without medical care" there are high risk groups that should seek medical care including "pregnant women and those with underlying medical conditions."

The document also states the need for the public to have "home care information" to be able to manage "non-severe influenza-like illness including diarrhoea and dehydration, voluntary seperation of the sick and when to seek health care."

To reduce the spread of disease, information should focus on home care of mild illness, "reduced time in crowded settings- especially for high risk groups, cough etiquette (cover a cough or a sneeze with tissue) and hand hygiene (handwashing with soap and water). 

Read the entire report at WHO

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