Cases of swine flu are now soaring. Last week the chief medical officer, Sir Liam Donaldson, warned the NHS to brace itself for a steep rise in admissions after swine flu cases in England doubled to 53,000 in just seven days.
Flu viruses are a big concern for all industries and with winter just around the corner we need to try to prevent the spread of these bugs as much as possible. People can significantly reduce the risk of catching and spreading swine flu and other similar viruses by washing their hands regularly and making sure that hard surfaces, such as door handles, desks and telephones, are properly sanitised.
When people are infected with the swine flu virus, their symptoms are usually similar to those of seasonal influenza. These may include fever (a temperature of 38°C/100.4 °F or over), fatigue (tiredness), lack of appetite and a dry cough. Some people may also have a sore throat, nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea. People of every age are at risk of catching pandemic swine flu. However, some people may catch the virus but not develop any symptoms. Others may develop complications like pneumonia and bronchitis, causing difficulty breathing and possibly death. However, the vast majority of cases reported so far in the UK have been mild, and most people have made a full recovery. Only a small number of people in the UK have developed serious illness and these people generally had underlying health problems, such as cancer, that had already weakened their immune systems.
If you are in England and you happen to catch the swine flu virus then you can get antiviral drugs to treat the virus from a local collection point without seeing your GP. If you are in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland then you should contact your GP or specific helpline.
Greengates Builders Merchants, Lancashire would like to ask you:
“Are you taking the necessary precautions to try and prevent the spread of these viruses?”
Reduce your risk of catching swine flu by following good hand hygiene
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Greengates Builders Merchants, Lancashire would like to encourage you to stay safe this winter by using the necessary preventative methods as described above.