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home care

Updated Home Care Guidance

by: DemFromCT

Sat May 23, 2009 at 09:47:14 AM EDT

So for years (literally) we have taken the approach that taking care of your self at home (with phone health care privoder advice) is the best approach. Why? Because in a more severe scenario you can't get seen and in a milder scenario, you don't need to be seen.

This would be a perfect opportunity for PSAs on the topic. But what we do have is manuals and info we and others have put together:

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Samir's Stomach Flu Diary

by: SamirM

Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 08:53:06 AM EST

I got stomach flu yesterday. Experiencing its symptoms is a hell of the pain. Afraid of loosing pounds, since I don't have them for waist.
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Can Household Pets Carry And Transmit The Flu?

by: kennykimmy

Wed Nov 11, 2009 at 20:40:36 PM EST

I am kind of embarrassed asking the question, but i am sure there are different opinions on the subject.  My main concern is my two year old.  He is always in close contact with our dog and cats.  
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Proactive preparedness for H1N1

by: deadlyflu

Mon Sep 14, 2009 at 23:29:30 PM EDT

The current forecast for the H1N1 virus seems quite grim. Referred to originally as "swine flu" last spring, it has already spread to more than 180,000 cases worldwide, and shows no sign of slowing anytime soon. The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology has predicted that 30 to 50 percent of the nation's population could eventually be infected, with up to 90,000 deaths if the virus mutates into a more aggressive version.

The most important thing for pandemic preparedness is for the public to be knowledgeable, ready to take steps to avoid contracting the virus, avoid spreading the virus, and mitigate its effects as much as possible.

The first step to avoid contracting the flu virus is to get immunized. This should be an annual habit. The standard flu vaccine is available, and recommended each fall. Additionally, a vaccine for the H1N1 virus is anticipated to be ready by mid-October. Health officials at the CDC are encouraging the public to get both immunizations. They also recommend that the young-those between 6 months and 24 years old-get priority for receiving such shots. Te more people who receive the immunizations, the better the virus will be contained and its effects minimized.

A flu shot is not a guarantee, however. It's important to ward off the virus on many fronts. Part of the strategy ought to include an emphasis on simple steps. Hand washing, thorough hand washing, is the secondary line of defense to support vaccinations. Good hygiene habits, at home and in public, are also important. Children will need frequent reminders not to share their food with friends, and to cover their mouths and noses with their elbows (NOT their hands!) if they sneeze. Additionally, employees need to be ready and willing to stay home once there's an indication that they're sick, and parents need to do the same with their children. Finally, as much as possible, people should try to stay out of the hospital. Often it's not the original virus you contract that makes you sick, but the fact that your weakened immune system leaves you susceptible to other infections. Hospitals, by their very function, are rife with bacteria that are often resistant to antibiotics.

All this information should not make you panicky, but rather careful, cautious, and proactive in fighting off the deadly flu.

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Flu and Fever: Friend or Foe?: When to Treat?

by: Public_Health_Networker

Sun Aug 30, 2009 at 09:04:41 AM EDT

A wise and energetic friend is researching home care for flu and raised the important issue of the role of fever in flu treatment. She sent me this excellent article -  http://www.nytimes.com/1982/12...
Fever also combats viral infections by triggering production of the virus-fighting substance interferon by infected cells. A study of volunteers infected with cold viruses showed that those given aspirin, which reduces fever, release significantly more viruses from their noses and throats than those given a placebo. This viral shedding increases the chances that they will infect other people and also indicates that their own infection is not being controlled. Lysosomes, which are cellular ''suicide bodies,'' are also stimulated by fever and may help to fight viral infections as well as destroy tumor cells, which are more sensitive to heat than normal cells are. Built-in Limit to Fevers

And that reminded me that aspirin was commonly used in 1918 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H...  

With the coming of the deadly Spanish flu pandemic in 1918, aspirin-by whatever name-secured a reputation as one of the most powerful and effective drugs in the pharmacopeia of the time. Its fever-reducing properties gave many sick patients enough strength to fight through the infection, and aspirin companies large and small earned the loyalty of doctors and the public-when they could manufacture or purchase enough aspirin to meet demand.[38]

and
http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content...
Aspirin may have enhanced the virulence of the flu virus in the 1918 pandemic, which has implications for A/H1N1 flu.1

Read more to help answer questions related to influenza and fever.  
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Under The Weather

by: backpacker

Tue Jun 30, 2009 at 23:31:59 PM EDT

But not so much that I can't write this, fortunately. Yesterday afternoon I started to get a sore throat. Now I've got a stuffy head, sore neck, headache, some body aches, sore neck. Spouse has a touch of gastrointestinal symptoms. We're okay enough to sit up in bed on the laptop computers, but not much else. We are not hypochondriacs or prone to hysteria. Yes, I have prepped for a reasonable amount of time. I even have Tamiflu which I won't use unless things get far dire. They probably won't.

But here's the thing. My year old laptop expired without much notice last week. So I purchased another one and it arrived four days ago. The old laptop contains the pdf files for home treatment of the flu. The new one does not.

Whoops.  

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Demything Vents and home care

by: Kobie

Mon Aug 18, 2008 at 12:53:34 PM EDT

 The only thing worse than an uninformed public is a misinformed public. Here some of the vent myths are raised and put to rest.

 Goal: to have a simple explination that a fourth grader can understand, a college graduate can agree with, the general public supports and public leaders can follow.

  The original coverstain started in Plastic Coffins diary and continues here.  

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Finally a DVD on Home Care for the Ill during a severe outbreak!

by: CO health director

Mon Sep 24, 2007 at 22:05:04 PM EDT

( - promoted by DemFromCT)

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Just-At-Home vs. Shelter-In-Place

by: anon.yyz

Sat Jun 09, 2007 at 16:08:06 PM EDT

(important paradigm shift - promoted by SusanC)

I have a proposition.  I think we should change the thinking of Shelter-In-Place to Just-At-Home.

Why is this important?

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