This post has been redacted and censored to comply with my employer’s Social Media Policy as of Nov. 1, 2010. All references to my place of work and the system it is part of, as well as photos have been removed. This action appears to be only recourse I have to preserve my Constitutional rights to free speech and the free expression of my views on Extreme Thinkover.
This Information about protecting yourself from Swine Flu was issued today by Employee Health at Censored by Corporate Social Media Policy . These are the guidelines we are following as hospital staff–I urge all my readers to take to the same precautions:
Prevention is the best defense against infection. Protect yourself by following good health habits such as:
· Frequent hand washing with soap and water or use of alcohol-based hand gel.
· When you cough or sneeze, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or use your sleeve (if you don’t have a tissue). Throw used tissue in trash and wash your hands.
· Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth – germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches their eyes, nose or mouth.
· Avoid close contact with people who are sick or keep your distance from other people when you are sick.
· DO NOT GO TO WORK IF YOU ARE SICK. Consider your co-workers. Contact your health care provider.
Symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu in humans and may include:
* Fever (greater than 100.4ºF)
* Sore throat
* Stuffy nose
* Headache and body aches
P.S.: Don’t go out an buy a box of dust, respirator, or even medical facemasks. They will NOT protect you. The Centers for Disease Control is currently recommending the use of the above precautions rather than a facemask. Click here for the link. Currently the only approved facemask for respiratory illnesses is the “N-95,” which is available only to professional health care personnel and must also be correctly fitted to be effective. If the CDC determines the Swine Flu is spread through the air, they will issue appropriate guidelines at that time.