Humans as Invaders in the World of Microbes - Page 2
While the incidence of disease is decreasing worldwide it is showing a growing trend in India, particularly in an Indian province like Orissa and more affected is the capital city of Bhubaneswar. There is panic-buying of masks and vaccines as usual. It is not the same scenario as 2009, when first the disease appeared and spread. Now effective vaccines are available as well as medications. Vaccination, though can be opted by anybody is not advised for all, primarily should cover the risk groups like medical and paramedical personnel; patients having prior heart disease, asthma, pregnant lady and children etc.
It can be prevented to a larger extent by following simple tricks:
• Avoiding crowded places.
• Confining patients to their place if suspected to be suffering from swine flu and shifting to designated hospitals.
• Washing hands frequently which might have been contaminated and there is likelihood of contaminating one’s own self.
• Using masks to check the spread through droplet; the conglomerate of viral particle, moisture and/or dust in atmosphere; though the size of the virus itself is smaller than the pore size of the common surgical masks.
• Keeping the pigs away from the human habitation and reporting for unnatural deaths among those.
The authorities stress on good practices to remain healthy in the world of bacteria and to protect oneself from the tentacles of swine flu in particular. We are afraid of the spread of this disease in Indian cities because of the conditions of the cities where sanitation is still a luxury.