- Frequent hand washing.
- “Hands-off-the-face” approach. Resist all temptations to touch any part of the face (unless you want to eat or bathe).
- Gargle twice a day with warm salt water. H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat/nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms. Simple gargling prevents proliferation.
- Clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt water. Use a nasal rinse like NeilMed or a neti pot.
- Boost your natural immunity with Vitamin C.
- Drink as much warm liquid 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.
Tamiflu does not kill but prevents H1N1 from further proliferation till the virus limits itself in about 1-2 weeks (its natural life cycle). H1N1, like other Influenza A viruses, only infects the upper respiratory tract and proliferates (only) there. The only portals of entry are the nostrils and mouth/throat. In a global epidemic of this nature, it’s almost impossible not coming into contact with H1N1 in spite of all precautions. Contact with H1N1 is not so much of a problem as proliferation is.
While you are still healthy and not showing any symptoms of H1N1 infection, in order to prevent proliferation, aggravation of symptoms and development of secondary infections, some very simple steps can be practiced.
Dr. Vinay Goyal, MBBS, DRM, DNB – a renowed doctor discussing H1N1 (Swine Flu) and it’s precautions.