The Swine Flu Epidemic, How to Protect Yourself and Those You Love

The Swine Flu Epidemic, How to Protect Yourself and Those You Love

Swine flu has become an international concern, and this time it appears to be rightly so. Nowhere is this more evident than here in the United States since we border with Mexico, where this particular strain of flu is rumored to have originated. Unlike the “bird flu,” this is one of the few times that the media may actually have gotten it right and can do some good by keeping Americans informed and up-to-date with information about the spread and containment of this particular flu outbreak.

Here are a few suggestions you can use to protect yourself and those you love from unnecessary exposure:

1. It’s no secret that young children are the most obvious carriers of colds, flus, and other viruses. They sneeze and cough without covering their mouths, pick their noses, drink from other people’s cups without thinking twice about it, and are constantly touching everything and putting it to their mouths. That’s just reality.

Normally, it’s no big deal. In fact, to a certain extent it actually helps their immune system develop immunity to certain types of germs. But this particular flu epidemic changes things. So pay attention to what is stated in the media about the range of the epidemic. It may be that you need to keep your kids away from Mickey D’s playland for a while and large gatherings in general if it becomes a full-blown epidemic. In fact, you may need to keep them home from school or daycare if push comes to shove and there really is an explosive epidemic. For this reason, I recommend that you start formulating a plan B if you are forced to take them out of daycare or school and keep them home.

2. In the event of an outbreak in your local area, it would be a good idea to avoid mass transit as much as reasonably possible. For instance, airlines recycle filtered air and the same may be true for other forms of mass transit, such as subways and trains. Still, it may be a necessity for you to use these modes of transportation. If so, I have other suggestions that will also help minimize the likelihood of exposure.

3. Increase nutritional supplementation. Make sure you get ample amounts of all the necessary vitamins and minerals from natural sources, with added amounts of Vitamins C, E, and the B Complex. Being proactive as regards supplementation is smart 24/7. But don’t waste your money. Purchase only those with bioactive nutrients. Believe me, it will pay huge dividends in terms of your physical and emotional well-being.

4. When grocery shopping, try to do so on “off hours,” when fewer people are likely to be shopping. And while there, think long term and stock up on necessities that can get you by for a few weeks if need be. Remember, you may never need to actually use your “survival stock,” but if you do, you will need it desperately.

5. Practice good hygiene. Don’t go crazy on this, but at the same time take reasonable precautions. For example, keep a bottle of Purell or a similar hand sanitizer nearby and use it at logical times. What do I mean by that? For instance, if you go to a gas station, consider how many people in the last 24 hours have wiped their nose, etc. and then picked up the same gas pump handle that you just picked up. Don’t get me wrong. We all have to operate in the real world. But with the example I just gave, wouldn’t that be a good time to wash your hands with Purell if standard soap and water are not an option? I think so.

6. Keep your head and don’t panic. If you have followed most of the suggestions above and a worse-case scenario develops, just relax, be sensible, and realize that this too will pass. Flu epidemics don’t last forever.

7. Realize that this, like all difficulties and challenges, is an opportunity for personal growth. Use it as an opportunity to evaluate your lifestyle, your health and fitness, your nutritional program, and all of your priorities.

And finally, stay in prayer and turn the things that are outside of your control over to the Lord. Remember, do everything that you can, as best you can, and let the Lord do the rest.

Until next time, God’s peace be with each of you.

John Peterson

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