Stopping Swine Flu Up to You
Before the Vaccine Arrives, It's Up to Citizens to Slow Swine Flu
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The second part of the plan is to keep from spreading the swine flu
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Observe flu
etiquette. Don't cough or sneeze into your hands. Cough/sneeze into a
tissue -- or, failing that, your elbow.
- If you can do so comfortably, wear a face mask if you come into contact
- If you are an employer, do not penalize workers for staying home if sick or
for caring for sick children.
- Make plans -- now -- for what you'd do if you or your children get sick
Does this stuff really work? From the standpoint of an individual, nothing
may seem to be happening.
"All these efforts are leaky," acknowledged Martin Cetron, MD, director of
the CDC's division of global migration and quarantine.
But if enough people do these things often enough, it will slow the speed at
which flu spreads through a community. This actually slows down the pandemic --
and buys precious time for vaccination to do its work.
"By altering patterns of transmission, we reduce the peak of an epidemic
wave, we buy time, and we reduce the total number of cases," Cetron said at the