Fighting the pig flu

It’s been kind of disturbing watching the news coverage of swine flu escalate throughout the day. So in my attempt to save billions of human lives, I shall now link to CNN for the best advice on how to beat the pigs:

Health officials’ advice is to follow common-sense precautions: Wash your hands, stay home if you’re sick and listen to your local health authorities.

“Very frequent hand-washing is something that we talk about time and time again and that is an effective way to reduce transmission of disease,” Dr. Richard Besser, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Sunday at a White House briefing.

“If you’re sick, it’s very important that people stay at home. If your children are sick, have a fever and flu-like illness, they shouldn’t go to school. And if you’re ill, you shouldn’t get on an airplane or another public transport to travel. Those things are part of personal responsibility in trying to reduce the impact.”

The good news, for Americans at least, is that none of the cases in the U.S. have been fatal. It suggests that access to treatment helps quite a bit, though in the case of the couple in Kansas, the symptoms just weren’t that bad. So be safe and wash your hands!

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