Fresh calls for Swine Flu sufferers to stay indoors

Soldiers hand out masks on the streets of Mexico following the swine flu outbreak. Pic: Eneas De Troya

Soldiers hand out masks on the streets of Mexico following the swine flu outbreak. Pic: Eneas De Troya

South Staffordshire Primary Care Trust is urging the public to stay at home if they have swine flu. The trust recommends people stay at home and rest, drink plenty of fluids and take over-the-counter flu remedies.

John Wicks, Flu Director, South Staffordshire PCT said: “There are simple steps that everyone should take now to help prevent catching the flu based on good respiratory and hand hygiene:

“Covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing; using a tissue when possible; disposing of dirty tissues promptly and carefully; maintaining good basic hygiene, for example washing hands frequently with soap and water to reduce the spread of the virus from your hands to face or to other people; cleaning hard surfaces (e.g. door handles) frequently using a normal cleaning product and making sure your children follow this advice.

“If you experience a sudden fever, cough or shortness of breath or have a headache, sore throat, tiredness, aching muscles, chills, sneezing, runny nose or loss of appetite you may have swine flu.

“For most people this is a mild illness and you should start to feel better after a few days without needing to go to your GP or A & E.

“Help yourself and others by not spreading the virus. If you feel unwell:

  • Stay at home;
  • Check your symptoms on www.nhs.uk if possible;
  • Call the Swine Flu Information line on 0800 1513 513 to hear the latest advice;
  • If you have taken these steps and are still concerned, call your GP or you can call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47;
  • People should not go to their GP surgery or local accident and emergency department unless advised to do so or if you are seriously ill – because you might spread the illness to other.
  • Further information can be found at www.hpa.org.uk or at NHS Direct Online – www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk.

“It is particularly important that you talk to your doctor if you think you have swine flu and are pregnant, very young, over 65, or have long-term conditions such as asthma or diabetes.”

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