Could see impact of swine flu in Pune in terms of schools being closed for 2 weeks. Less footfalls in malls & empty gardens as families avoiding outdoor activities.

I do see some panic among people in Pune and people outside are worrying about events in Pune. I got few -calls :)
It is declared an epidemic.
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  • swine flu and house hold remedies

    Just to add to what realacres said,

    1. Get Plenty of Sleep
    To improve your resistance to any disease, the most important thing you can do is get enough rest. Your body knows how to heal, and it does this best when sleeping. Get adequate rest on a daily basis, and if you begin to feel fatigue during a time of increased stress to your immune system, take naps, get into bed earlier, relax and let your body do what it does best: restore and rebuild.

    2. Hydrate
    Our bodies are 80% water. Drink plenty of water each day to stay hydrated and to allow the body to flush toxins from the blood and the liver. Drink pure water, not soda or juice, for best results.

    3. Exercise
    Exercise increases your resistance to disease. It stimulates the cleansing blood flow and increases your natural stress reducing hormones. Exercise doesn't have to be strenuous to be beneficial. Science has shown that walking daily is good for your health and well being.

    4. Spend time outdoors
    The healing benefits of nature are yours and all you need to do is step outside. The fresh air cleanses your lungs and the vitamin D from sunshine is great for general health. Even on a rainy day or at night, the fresh air is beneficial.

    5. Exercise
    Exposure to nature and the great outdoors helps healthy emotions.

    • Use “Nilgiri Oil” drops on handkerchiefs and masks as one of the preventive measures against Swine Flu

    • Scientific Prevention of Swine Flu using Household Products

    1. Inhale Clove Oil (Lavang) For 1 Second.

    2. Chew 1 Clove In a Day

    3. Eat Raw Garlic (Lasun), Onion, Ginger (Aale) (1 to 5gm)

    4. Drink Hot Milk With 2gm of Turmeric

    5. Consume Plenty Of Vit C (Fruits-Lemon/Avala)

    Mornning Kadha


    1 - Warm Water 1 Glass

    2 - Honey 1 Spoon

    3 - Lemon Juice 1/2 no.

    How to use it?

    • Take one glass of this water every day early morning when your stomach is empty.

    • Continue this for 7 days. Next week repeat the same but on alternate days.

    Evening Kadha


    1 - Tulsi Leaf 10-12 no.

    2 - Kalimiri 7-8 no.

    3 - Gud (made from sugercane) As per taste required.

    Method of Preparation Put all the above ingredients

    in 2 cups of water. Boil it for 5 minutes or till 1 cup

    of water is remaining. Put off the fire. Allow it to

    cool down by itself. When it has become cold, filter

    out the seeds.

    How to use it?

    Take one small cup of this water every evening

    . Continue this for 7

    days. Next week repeat the same but on alternate days.

    One piece each of

    Sweet flag (Vekhand)

    Dry ginger (Sunth)

    Turmeric (Halkhund)

    Mix in 1 litre water...

    Boil till water becomes approx. 1/4th litre...

    Drink 1/4th tea cup before sleeping...for 3 days...

    • A) Carry two-three camphor tablets in your shirt pocket.

    • B) Ladies shall tie two-three tablets of camphor in a small hanky on their dress.

    • This home remedy is effective against conjuctivitis virus and even small children don't get conjuctivitis due to this.

    Here are some easy steps you can take to tackle a flu virus of any kind, including swine flu. It is not necessary to follow all the steps at once. You can pick and choose a combination of remedies that suit you best. However, if you are already suffering from flu, these measures can help only up to an extent. And, if you have been infected by H1N1, visiting a hospital and staying in solitary confinement is a must.

    1. Have five duly washed leaves of Tulsi (known as Basil in English; medicinal name Ocimum sanctum) everyday in the morning. Tulsi has a large number of therapeutic properties. It keeps throat and lungs clear and helps in infections by way of strengthening your immunity.

    2. Giloi or Gulvel (medicinal name Tinospora cordifolia) is a commonly available plant in many areas. Take a one-foot long branch of giloi, add five to six leaves of Tulsi and boil in water for 15-20 minutes or long enough to allow the water to extract its properties.

    Add black pepper and sendha (salt used during religious fasts), rock or black salt, or Misri (crystalised sugar like lumps to make it sweet) according to taste. Let it cool a bit and drink this kadha (concoction) while still warm. It will work wonders for your immunity. If giloi plant is not available, get processed giloi powder from Hamdard or others, and concoct a similar drink once a day.

    3. A small piece of camphor (kapoor) approximately the size of a tablet should be taken once or twice a month. It can be swallowed with water by adults while children can take it along with mashed potatoes or banana because they will find it difficult to have it without any aides. Please remember camphor is not to be taken everyday, but only once each season, or once a month.

    4. Those who can take garlic, must have two pods of raw garlic first thing in the morning. To be swallowed daily with lukewarm water. Garlic too strengthens immunity like the earlier measures mentioned.

    5. Those not allergic to milk, must take a glass of hot or lukewarm milk every night with a small measure of haldi (turmeric).

    6. Aloe vera (gwarpatha) too is a commonly available plant. Its thick and long, cactus-like leaves have an odourless gel. A teaspoon gel taken with water daily can work wonders for not only your skin and joint pains, but also boost immunity.

    7.Do Pranayam daily (preferably under guidance if you are already not initiated into it) and go for morning jog/walk regularly to keep your throat and lungs in good condition and body in fine fettle. Even in small measures, it will work wonders for your body’s resistance against all such diseases which attack the nose, throat and lungs, besides keeping you fit.

    8. Have citrus fruits, particularly Vitamin C rich Amla (Indian gooseberry) juice. Since fresh Amla is not yet available in the market (not for another three to four months), it is not a bad idea to buy packaged Amla juice which is commonly available nowadays.

    9. Last but not the least, wash your hands frequently every day with soap and warm water for 15-20 seconds; especially before meals, or each time after touching a surface that you suspect could be contaminated with flu virus such as a door handle or a knob/handle, especially if you have returned from a public place or used public transport. Alcohol-based hand cleaners should be kept handy at all times and used until you can get soap and warm water.
  • Swine Flu H1N1 - FAQ

    What is swine flu?
    Swine Influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by Type A influenza viruses that causes regular outbreaks in pigs.
    Swine flu viruses have been reported to spread from person-to-person, but in the past, this transmission was limited and not sustained beyond three people.

    Is the current swine flu virus contagious?
    Various international agencies (US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, World Health Organization) have determined that this swine influenza A (H1N1) virus is contagious and is spreading from human to human.
    WHO has escalated the world Pandemic Phase from Phase 3 to Phase 4 (in a 6-scale Phase), indicating that a worldwide pandemic due to swine flu H1N1 is possible.

    What are the signs and symptoms of swine flu in people?
    The symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.
    Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with swine flu. In the past, severe illness (pneumonia and respiratory failure) and deaths have been reported with swine flu infection in people.
    Like seasonal flu, swine flu may cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions.

    How does swine flu spread?
    Spread of this swine influenza A (H1N1) virus is thought to be happening in the same way that seasonal flu spreads.
    Flu viruses are spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing of people with influenza.
    Sometimes people may become infected by touching something with live flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.

    How are human infections with swine influenza diagnosed?
    To diagnose swine influenza A infection, a respiratory specimen would generally need to be collected within the first 4 to 5 days of illness (when an infected person is most likely to be shedding virus).
    However, some persons, especially children, may shed virus for 10 days or longer.
    Identification as a swine flu influenza A virus requires sending the specimen to a hospital laboratory for testing.

    How can someone with the flu infect someone else?
    Infected people may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 7 or more days after becoming sick.
    That means that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick.

    How long can an infected person spread swine flu to others?
    People with swine influenza virus infection should be considered potentially contagious as long as they are symptomatic and possible for up to 7 days following illness onset.
    Children, especially younger children, might potentially be contagious for longer periods.

    Is there a vaccine for Pandemic Flu?
    Because the virus is new, there will be no vaccine ready to protect against pandemic flu.
    Vaccine against Swine Flu virus H1N1 needs at least 6-12 months to be produced.
    Seasonal flu vaccine or past flu immunization will not provide protection.

    Are there medicines to treat swine flu?
    Yes. The US CDC recommends the use of oseltamivir (Tamiflu®) or zanamivir (Relenza®) for the treatment and/or prevention of infection with these swine influenza viruses.
    Antiviral drugs are prescription medicines (, liquid or an inhaler) that fight against the flu by keeping flu viruses from reproducing in your body.
    If you get sick, antiviral drugs can make your illness milder and make you feel better faster. They may also prevent serious flu complications.
    For treatment, antiviral drugs work best if started soon after getting sick (within 2 days of symptoms).

    What surfaces are most likely to be sources of contamination?
    The virus can be spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with the virus and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
    Droplets from a cough or sneeze of an infected person move through the air. The virus can then be spread when a person touches respiratory droplets from another person on a surface like a desk, doorknob, child’s toy or handset and then touches their own eyes, mouth or nose before washing their hands.

    How long can viruses live outside the body?
    We know that some viruses and bacteria can live 2 hours or longer on surfaces like cafeteria tables, doorknobs, and desks.
    Frequent handwashing will help you reduce the chance of getting contamination from these common surfaces.

    What can I do to protect myself from getting sick?
    Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
    Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
    Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. The virus can spread this way.
    Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
    If you get sick with influenza, stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

  • Swine Flu H1N1 - FAQ (Cntd...)

    What is the best way to keep from spreading the virus through coughing or sneezing?
    If you are sick, limit your contact with other people as much as possible. Do not go to work or school if ill.
    Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Put your used tissue in the waste basket.
    Cover your cough or sneeze if you do not have a tissue. Then, clean your hands, and do so every time you cough or sneeze.

    What is the best technique for washing my hands to avoid getting the flu?
    Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. Wash with soap and water or clean with alcohol-based hand cleaner.
    When you wash your hands -- with soap and warm water -- that you wash for 15 to 20 seconds. When soap and water are not available, alcohol-based disposable hand wipes or gel sanitizers may be used. You can find them in most supermarkets and drugstores.
    If using gel, rub your hands until the gel is dry. The gel doesn't need water to work; the alcohol in it kills the germs on your hands.

    What should I do if I get sick?
    If you live in areas where swine influenza cases have been identified and become ill with influenza-like symptoms, including fever, body aches, runny nose, sore throat, nausea, or vomiting or diarrhea, you may want to contact their health care provider, particularly if you are worried about your symptoms. Your health care provider will determine whether influenza testing or treatment is needed.
    If you are sick, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people as much as possible to keep from spreading your illness to others.
    If you become ill and experience any of the following warning signs (next 2 slides), seek emergency medical care.

    In children emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:
    Fast breathing or trouble breathing
    Bluish skin color
    Not drinking enough fluids
    Not waking up or not interacting
    Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
    Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
    Fever with a rash

    In adults, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:
    Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
    Sudden dizziness
    Severe or persistent vomiting

    Can people catch swine flu from eating pork?
    No. Swine influenza viruses are not transmitted by food. You can not get swine influenza from eating pork or pork products. Eating properly handled and cooked pork and pork products is safe.
    Cooking pork to an internal temperature of 160°F (72°C) kills the swine flu virus as it does other bacteria and viruses.

    Household Cleaning, Laundry, and Waste Disposal
    Throw away tissues and other disposable items used by the sick person in the trash. Wash your hands after touching used tissues and similar waste.
    Keep surfaces (esp bedside tables, surfaces in the bathroom, children’s toys, handles, doorknobs) clean by wiping them down with a household disinfectant according to directions on the product label.
    Linens, eating utensils, and dishes belonging to those who are sick do not need to be cleaned separately, but importantly these items should not be shared without washing thoroughly first.
    Wash linens (such as bed sheets and towels) by using household laundry soap and tumble dry on a hot setting. Avoid “hugging” laundry prior to washing it to prevent contaminating yourself. Clean your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub right after handling dirty laundry.
    Eating utensils should be washed either in a dishwasher or by hand with water and soap.
  • This will soon replace Wikipedia as the authoritative source!

    With the kind of high quality advice coming in fast and furious, soon people will login to this site for advice in this alone - leave alone RE fundas!:D

    Keep it up ...

  • Epicenter

    Man, Pune being the epicenter u can expect the Wiki here.

    By the way people r still dying everyday, but its not coming in the national news thats all.
  • Originally Posted by Sansei

    By the way people r still dying everyday, but its not coming in the national news thats all.

    Thanks to I & B ministry. It is better people get scared & stay indoors rather than venture out for doing nothing & getting infected.