The H1N1 flu, commonly called swine flu, is expected to make many people
sick this flu season. And if you're one of them, you're in for some serious
at-home time, recovering and sparing other people from your germs. To make that
time a little easier on yourself, consider taking these 10 steps now, before
you come down with swine flu.
1. Make a backup plan. Let's say you get sick, or you need to take
care of someone with swine flu. What's your plan for missing
work, college, or
school? Do you know your company's flu leave policy? If you're in school,
how will you keep up with class work? Ask now, so you're not surprised
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2. Butter up your friends. You might need them as a "flu buddy" to
help out while you're down with swine flu, especially if you live alone. If
your social network has thinned, bolster it now.
3. Bolster your flu supply stockpile. How are you set for tissues and
fever-reducing medicines? Do you have a thermometer to check your temperature?
Don't forget about liquids so that you stay hydrated. And if you choose to use
face masks if you get sick and can't avoid close contact with other people,
remember that each face mask should only be used once, not over and over
4. Stock up on comfort foods. Check the fridge, pantry, and stack of
order-in menus. Stock up on those special foods that comfort you when you're
not feeling well -- tea, chicken noodle soup, crackers -- whatever works for
you. The last thing you're going to feel like doing when you get swine flu is
5. Be good to your hands. Even if you don't get swine flu, you'll be
washing your hands a lot to help prevent catching it. Treat yourself to a
really nice soap or gel, and lotion, too. You'll be lathering up a lot,
so leave your hands feeling good, not raw, afterward.
6. Stock up on DVDs and books. But don't select ones that
need tons of concentration. You're going to feel pretty rocky with swine
flu, so it's not the time to tackle War and Peace.