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Thursday, February 14, 2013

DOH advises steps to prevent flu

Department of Health (Philippines)
Department of Health (Philippines) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Influenza is a viral disease that easily spreads from person to person through droplets made when one sneezes, coughs or talks, and these droplets can land on the mouths and noses of others who stay close to an infected person.

A person becomes sick two to five days after getting infected, manifesting common signs and symptoms, such as fever, sore throat, cough.
To avoid the disease, the DOH has advised the public to:
1) cover nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing; 
2) always wash hands with soap and water;
3) use alcohol-based hand sanitizers;
4) practice social distancing;
5) avoid close contact with sick people and
6) stay at home when having fever, sore throat or cough or manifesting flu signs and symptoms.
To strengthen body resistance, the DOH said a person should have at least 8 hours of sleep, be physically active, manage stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.
As per health advisory, some groups of people, like the young children, pregnanr women, senior citizens and those with certain health conditions like heart, kidney or lung disease, can easily be seriously ill and suffer from pneumonia complications.



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