Swine flu

by - June 04, 2009

I know the Swine flu issue has been going around for months now, but it's just now that I will be writing about it, because for one, I am in the same environment as to where a foreign student from De La salle University- Manila is claimed to be positive with H1N1 virus. It being able to spread this rapidly now scares me so much. I care for my own welfare, because I do not want to bring anything home that might affect my son or family members. It really is difficult when you cannot see something that you want to avoid sooo badly. It bugs me that our school, De La salle-College of Saint Benilde-- The neighbor school of DLSU did not even consider to suspend us even for a couple of days to prevent anyone from contracting the virus, but then again, we also have to consider the Lasallian system that if we do not have classes we will be doing a lot of school work and plenty of make-up classes to attend to. It's mixed emotions for me honestly. Because I'm scared, yet I do not want to delay my education. As for now the necessary precautions I'm taking is the bringing of wet ones, alcohol and liquid soap to my school. I am actually considering wearing a mask inside the LRT, since I commute and the LRT is my main source of transportation, I think it is rather safe to bring along a mask with me and wear it in the LRT.

As of now, there is really nothing we can all do with the situation. The least we could do is take all the precautions advised by the DOH and to avoid traveling to places that have H1N1. I learned some precautions in NSTP awhile ago and I would like to share them to you, guys.


  1. Wash your hands thoroughly, like singing the whole happy birthday song twice. (It's true! It's the best way to make sure that your hands are absolutely clean. Doesn't mean adding soap and just rinsing is enough. You have to make sure that all the areas are clean.)
  2. If commuting and with a large group of people, It is best to wear a mask and if you have any colds or cough it is advisable to wear as mask too, so you won't catch the virus easily, because the weaker you are the more prone you are in getting the virus. So if you have asthma, lung problems or any respiratory diseases it is better if you drink vitamins daily to keep your immunizations strong.
  3. Cover your mouth and nose at all times when you need to cough or sneeze to prevent other people in catching it.
  4. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth when you've touched things in public. (ex. money, bus and train rails, etc.)
  5. As much as possible bring masks, liquid soap or alcohol when outside.

Symptoms of Swine flu:

  1. Fever
  2. Cough
  3. Sore throat
  4. Body aches
  5. Head ache
  6. Chills
  7. Fatigue
  8. Diarrhea
  9. Vomiting

May God bless everyone in our country and may he put this Swine flu epidemic to rest.

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