Thursday, August 20, 2009

Kaedah Mudah dan Praktik dalam Pencegahan H1N1

Contributed by Neo Kean Tean

Berikut adalah beberapa petua yang boleh dipraktikkan bagi pecegahan wabak Selsema H1N1:

1. Basuh tangan anda dengan seberapa kerap yang boleh

2. Kalau boleh, elakkan tangan anda daripada menyentuh muka atau hidung anda

3. Kumoh mulut anda dua kali sehari dengan air garam atau pun Listerine

4. Bersihkan hidung anda dengan air garam

5. Tingkatkan daya ketahanan badan anda dengan memakan buah-buahan yang bervitamin C

6. Minum air suam atau minuman panas seberapa banyak yang boleh dalam sehari

Selamat bernafas!

1. Frequent hand-washing (well highlighted in all official communications).

2. "Hands-off-the-face" approach. Resist all temptations to touch any part of face (unless you want to eat, bathe or slap).

3. Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine if you don't trust salt). H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat/ nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms. Simple gargling prevents proliferation. In a way, gargling with salt water has the same effect on a healthy individual that Tamiflu has on an infected one. Don't underestimate this simple, inexpensive and powerful preventative method.

4. Similar to 3 above, clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt water. Not everybody may be good at Jala Neti or Sutra Neti (very good Yoga asanas to clean nasal cavities), but blowing the nose hard once a day and swabbing both nostrils with cotton buds dipped in warm salt water is very effective in bringing down viral population.

5. Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C (Amla and other citrus fruits). If you have to supplement with Vitamin C tablets, make sure that it also has Zinc to boost absorption.

6. Drink as much of warm liquids as you can. Drinking warm liquids has the same effect as gargling, but in the reverse direction. They wash off proliferating viruses from the throat into the stomach where they cannot survive, proliferate or do any harm.

All these are simple ways to prevent, within means of most households, and certainly much less painful than to wait in long queues outside Govt. hospitals.

Happy breathing!!

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