Swine flu, also known as the H1N1 virus, is a relatively new strain of an influenza virus that causes symptoms similar to the seasonal flu. Here is how to know the difference between the two
Last month over 600 people were tested positive for swine flu in Delhi, this included several pregnant women. Whether it’s Dengue or swine flu, special precautions must be undertaken by to-be-moms and parents of children to protect themselves from these deadly diseases.
However, with the erratic weather conditions, the seasonal flu has also been on the rise. School-going children are particularly falling ill with fever, cold and cough. And with the symptoms for swine and seasonal flu being similar, there is enough trouble determining if they have a cold or a flu. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, stuffy/runny nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Diarrhea and vomiting are also reported in case of swine flu. Additionally, pregnant women and those aged between 5 to 25 are thought to be at higher risk of swine flu complications. On the contrary, seasonal flu complications usually affect the elderly and kids under 5.
Here is how to differentiate between the two:
- In case of regular (bacterial) flu, the symptoms last for just a few days and then subside. When it comes to swine flu, the symptoms tend to last longer. The virus also tends to settle in the respiratory system, which may lead to serious respiratory issues
- As mentioned above, seasonal flu is seen to affect the elderly, and those with weak immune systems. Swine flu, on the contrary tends to go after school-going children, young adults and those below the age of 25
Also, the school must take certain precautionary measures to maintain the well-being of all children. Here is what needs to be adhered to:
- Classrooms, the school premise as well as the school buses should be sanitized and to be disinfected regularly with the recommended disinfectant, i.e. R2 (hygienic hard surface cleaner) and Dettol (Click on them to purchase online)
- The classrooms are adequately ventilated
- Children to be encouraged to maintain hygiene and wash their hands after each activity with soap and water
- Adequate nutrition to be provided for child’s better immunity
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