Are you falling for the usual SCARE stories that "news" loves to use ?,,,,that news corps use to get more ratings and attention? Let’s hope not.
Is there a 'kernel of reality' in it ? Yes, of course, or fear would have died away by now. It has not.
Here some web sites of interest, to date .... and later more info will surely emerge,
from CDC direct info here = http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/key_facts.htm
has some stats too
and they say =
"What You Can Do to Stay Healthy[ier] There are everyday actions people can take to stay healthy. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.[ of course]
Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way
Try to avoid close contact with sick people. [duh]
Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people. If you get sick, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them." [ good way to get more rest for the ill ]
BBC wrote : there is no evidence that swine flu can be transmitted through eating meat from infected animals. However, it is essential to cook meat properly.”
also see http://www.theworld.org/
a more trustworthy source of NPR – PRI news
and to have a photo that may alarm anyone see http://www.theworld.org/node/25966
too . Other links are available there.
Then you Might want to see http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8020125.stm
for some good graphics that explain what’s occurring.
MY SUGGESTIONS ARE EVEN BETTER:
#1 Sleep lots, as much as you can. Make the time. Rest when sleep is not happening. The body naturally heals when the body is not stressed, tense, tight & constricted, when blood can flow and muscles & organs relaxed. Dream. Read. Rest. More than usual as a preventative.
#2 Water. Drink lots of plain clean water, nothing fancy. Juices are good. Fluids help blood circulate and flow and cleanse inner organs and ‘parts’. Think of the ‘inner shower’ healing and washing out impurities of any kind.
#3 Vitamin C and any nutrients you may be not ingesting in the foods ordinary eaten in a rush for convenience. Try yogurt or acidophilus to replenish the ‘good’ bacteria. Any food supplements you have neglected to take, now resume and take to insure the best body nourishment you can give yourself. Splurge, at least for now.
#4 Lower stress and strain, of the mind, emotions, body and spirit too. Let Go of those common worries you carry and lay them down – temporarily – so you can take better care of this body you live within – for now.
The worries are not going away but can be given a rest for now. Notice the habit of being tense and egoistic and for this moment, let stuff slide...they will surely return to their ‘normal’ state again.
#5 Accept whatever this fear and body surveillance emerges now. Accept the discomfort of any symptoms you notice and you identify as “I’ve got it ! oh......” Accept that you may not always feel as fine and neutral as you wish and are disappointed at time at being less than perfectly healthy. Accept that all this shifts & changes, on it’s own, without your worrying too.
#6 Observe how the “news” everywhere infects and inserts itself into your mind and world and beliefs. Observe how the “news” and gossip and conversations center around FEAR and worry and the latest obsession that disturbs, you and your friends.
Observe how you react to what is not your or in you. And may never be in you. Ever. Observe your own fear and paranoias surge and ebb and move back into your forefront and slip/ slide again. Watch your thoughts. They can be funny and disturbing and repetitive. Watch your self.
#7 DO NOT believe all that the Prez’s proclamations in their P.R. and promotional messages. The govt is Not medically accurate nor the best source of information, ever. The Prez and the ‘administrators’ have their own agenda and reasons to be “leaders” in order to keep Control and fear and their preferred slant on the “news” in the forefront, having access and power to do so.
Notice that when the media puts the Prez and their experts opinions up first, they are not working in the public citizen’s behalf but are part of an advertising corporation that sells products and services and aligns with govt powers more than they do to you.
Be skeptical and aware of how both the fear and reassurances are tingled with subtle messages that demand obedience and imply punishments. Remember that PR is just that – trying to regulate the public’s opinion.
What is most repeatedly publicly is intended to control the public and ‘calm’ the people in a certain slanted way. Notice what is not stated. Note what is expected in return. Be your own opinion-maker and less of a 'believer.'
#8 for fun and fashion, you can dramatize this situation and wear a fancy fabric or anarchist bandana across your face and watch the effect ! It may or not resist any viruses that want to penetrate that barrier, but you will surely attract attention and be able to talk easily to strangers with this disguise and pretend you are safer than those who are easily embarrassed and bare-faced.
#9 Remember that you seldom have had the ‘serious’ diseases that are globally seen on TV, net, radio and newspaper “news”...and that what happens in far off lands is not right ‘here’ in your neighborhood and unlikely to arrive either. You have not been selected for punishment, no matter what your family thought or said.
Trust that your life is one for experiences of learning.
Be Mindful of what this experience is really all about for you, as a human body person.
Remember that you have lived this long and somehow survived worse.
Create a positive healthful environment for yourself and your loved ones, now.
Enjoy the whole scene that is clearly intended to scare you and arouse you to change and improve too.